Iowa Constitution - Conventions

Iowa has held three constitutional conventions, in 1844, 1846, and 1857, all held in Iowa City, with the first proposed constitution rejected by the voters and the second and third constitutions ratified by the voters. The document proposed by the 1857 convention is the current, original Constitution of the State of Iowa.

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Iowa’s second proposed constitution, adopted in convention on May 18, 1846, and adopted by the voters on August 3, 1846, by a vote of 9,492 to 9,036, was the constitution by which Iowa became a state. The constitution was accepted by Congress and approved by President James K. Polk and Iowa was admitted as the 29th state on December 28, 1846.

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