Iowa Moves Toward Statehood

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Time Frame: 1844

In 1844 Iowa's territotial assembly decided to elect delegates to the first state constitutional convention.
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“The Path to Statehood,” The Iowa Heritage: Program # 3, Iowa Public Television, 1978.

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Now that’s for sure…

To become a state, Iowa first needed a Constitution. But in both 1840 and 1842 Iowans voted against calling a Constitutional Convention. Finally, in 1844 the Territorial Assembly decided the time was right to hold elections for Delegates to the first Constitutional Convention to meet in Iowa City in October of that year.


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