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Fourth constitution of the State of New York

Held by the New York State Archives


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New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
The Constitution of 1894 was framed and adopted by a Convention held in Albany from May 8 through September 29, 1894. At the end of the document are the signatures of the officers of the Convention, a copy of the resolution of the Convention, that the proposed Constitution be submitted to the people for ratification, and the certificate of the Secretary of State, John Palmer, of receipt of the engrossed Constitution. Access restricted; published versions are first-use copies.
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0.3 cu. ft. (1 volume)
Inclusive Dates:
1894
Series Number:
A1807

Scope and Content Note

The Constitution of 1894 was framed and adopted by a Convention held in Albany from May 8 through September 29, 1894.

The Constitution of 1846 (Article 13, Section 2) required that every twenty years the question be placed before the voters of whether the Constitution should be amended and revised. In the fall of 1886 the voters approved the calling of a Convention for this purpose, but it was not held until 1894 because the Governor and the Legislature could not agree on a way of selecting delegates. The Convention was finally convened pursuant to legislation of 1893 and 1894. At the end of the Constitution are the signatures of the officers of the officers of the Convention, a copy of the resolution of the Convention, September 29, 1894, that the proposed Constitution be submitted to the people for ratification, and the certificate of the Secretary of State, John Palmer, of receipt of the engrossed Constitution. The Constitution was ratified by the voters on November 6, 1894.

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Access Restrictions

Restricted: Published versions are first-use copies.

Alternate Formats Available

Published in "New York Constitution Annotated," (1938); "Manual for the Use of the Legislature of the State of New York," (annual); and other sources.

Use photocopy is available at the New York State Archives.

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