California Constitutional Convention of 1849

Debate on ‘Who Could Vote’

Shortly after the U.S. took over California from Mexico, delegates from across California met in Monterey to craft a State Constitution. Below is a brief exerpt from the minutes of that convention in which the delegates debated the issue of ‘Who Could Vote’ in the new State of California.

Source:  Report of the debates in the Convention of California, on the formation of the state constitution, in September and October, 1849, pp. 61-68.









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