Wyandotte Constitution

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WYANDOTTE CONSTITUTION. The Wyandotte Constitution, the charter under which Kansas became a state, was drafted at Wyandotte (now Kansas City, Kansas) by the first territorial convention in which Republicans and Democrats participated (5–29 July 1859). It was adopted by popular vote on 4 October. It followed the constitution of Ohio as a model, prohibited slavery, and reduced Kansas to its present boundaries.


Heller, Francis H. The Kansas State Constitution: A Reference Guide. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1992.

Samuel A.Johnson/a. r.

See alsoBorder War ; Kansas ; Popular Sovereignty ; State Constitutions .