This Day in Texas History: Texas Adopts Constitution

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This Day in Texas History: Texas Adopts Constitution

This Day in Texas History:
(from the Texas State Historical Association archives)

Texas Adopts Constitution
February 15, 1876

On this day in 1876, citizens of Texas adopted the Constitution of 1876. They ratified it by a vote of 136,606 to 56,652.

The document is the sixth constitution by which Texas has been governed since declaring independence from Mexico. Among the longest of U.S. state constitutions, the Constitution of 1876 reflects the earlier influences of Spanish and Mexican rule, the state’s predominantly agrarian nature in the late nineteenth century, and a resurgent Democratic party determined to undo many of the measures implemented by Republican administrations during Reconstruction.

Despite having been amended more than 230 times, it remains the basic law of Texas today.

 

Texas Constitution of 1876

Texas Constitution of 1876

 

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