Constitution of the State of Deseret

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Title (1849-1851) The State of Deseret - Appendix: Constitution and Ordinances (1849-1851)
Subject Law; Legislation--Utah
Description (1849-1851) Collected by Dale L. Morgan, these were published as an appendix to The State of Deseret, 8 Utah Hist. Q. 155-233 (1940), and later reprinted in THE STATE OF DESERET (Logan, Utah: Utah State University Press with the Utah Historical Society, 1987). In 1849 a constitution was drafted for a provisional government organized under the name "State of Deseret." Its legislature met on several occasions from July 2, 1849 until March 28, 1851, when it was dissolved upon announcement of the federal act to establish a territorial government (the "Organic Act").
Publisher Utah State Historical Society
Contributors Morgan, Dale R.
Date 1947
Type Text
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Source Utah Historical Quarterly Volume 8 Numbers 23-24
Language eng
Rights Management Digital image copyright 2005, S.J. Quinney College of Law. All rights reserved.
Holding Institution S.J. Quinney College of Law, The University of Utah, South 1400 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0730.
Source Physical Dimensions 15 cm x 2 cm
Metadata Cataloger Kelly Taylor
Scanning Technician Amanda Wilson; Jan Robertson
ARK ark:/87278/s6zw1mpz
Setname uu_law_uschs
Date Created 2005-12-05
Date Modified 2012-06-05
ID 719739
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6zw1mpz

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Title Constitution of the State of Deseret
Description CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF DESERET PREAMBLE Whereas a large number of Citizens of the United States, before and since the Treaty of Peace with the Republic of Mexico, emigrated to, and settled in that portion of the Territory of the United States, lying west of the Rocky Mountains, and in the Great Interior Basin of Upper California; and Whereas, by reason of said treaty, all civil organization, originating from the Republic of Mexico became abrogated; and Whereas, the Congress of the United States has failed to provide a form of Civil Government for the Territory so acquired, or any portion thereof; and Whereas, Civil Government and Laws are necessary, for the security, peace and prosperity of Society; and Whereas, it is a fundamental principle in all Republican Governments, that all political power is inherent in the People; and Governments instituted for their protection, security and benefit, should emanate from the same: Therefore, your Committee beg leave to recommend the adoption of the following CONSTITUTION, until the Congress of the United States shall otherwise provide for the Government of the Territory hereinafter named and described, by admitting us into the Union. WE THE PEOPLE, Grateful to the supreme being for the blessings hitherto enjoyed, and feeling our dependence on Him for a continuation of these blessings, do ordain, AND ESTABLISH A FREE AND INDEPENDENT GOVERNMENT, by the name of the STATE OF DESERET; including all the Territory of the United States, within the following boundaries, to wit: Commencing at 33°, North Latitude where it crosses the 108°, Longitude, west of Greenwich; thence running South and W^est to the Northern boundary of Mexico, thence West to, and down the Main Channel of the Gila River, (or the Northern line of Mexico,) and on the Northern boundary of Lower California to the Pacific Ocean; thence along the Coast North Westerly to the 118°, 30' of west Longitude; Thence North to where said line intersects the dividing ridge of the Sierra Nevada Mountains; Thence North along the Summit of the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the dividing range of the Mountains, that separate the Waters flowing into the Columbia River, from the Waters running into the Great Basin; thence Easterly along the dividing range of Mountains that separate said waters flowing into the Columbia
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Source Original Journal: Utah Historical Quarterly The State of Deseret
Setname uu_law_uschs
Date Created 2005-12-05
Date Modified 2005-12-05
ID 719643
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6zw1mpz/719643