Category: State Constitutions

Connecticut’s Constitutional History

Connecticut Constitution When Thomas Jefferson famously declared independence for the American colonies, pressure was quickly transferred to the various colonial governments to create constitutions.  Even before that, however, Massachusetts’s John Adams had looked to Connecticut’s General Assembly as a model…

New Hampshire Constitution (New)

Davis Tailer Decade of Decisions: 1780’s Dr. Strom 9/25/12 New Hampshire Constitution New Hampshire outlined a Constitution in 1776 and in 1784 the New Hampshire government made changes and rearrangements before finalizing it that year. The finalized Constitution of New…

Maryland Constitution

Maryland’s first constitution was written in 1776 and adopted by the Ninth Provincial Convention meeting at Annapolis in November. Out of all of the documents adopted during the revolution it was the least revolutionary. Its frame of government was designed…

Constitution of Virginia

The Constitution of Virginia, created on July 29, 1776, established the role of the government and the rights’ of the people living in Virginia. One of the most radical parts of the constitution is section five, where the powers of…

Pennsylvania State Constitutions

After the American colonies declared their independence from Great Britain with the Declaration of Independence, the state of Pennsylvania drafted their first constitution in 1776. The primary goal of Pennsylvania’s state constitution was to create a more democratic form of…

Georgia State Constitution

The state of Georgia was governed by two different constitutions in the 1780s. The First, which was established in 1777, lasted for twelve years until significant revisions were made in 1789. Being the fourth state to ratify the United States…

The Rhode Island Colonial Charter

In 1663, The Royal Charter of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations – the document that outlined the roles of government within the colony – exceeded all expectations in establishing a lasting form of government, which remained effect until…