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Constitution of the proposed State of Wyoming  

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Constitution Of The Proposed State Of Wyoming: Adopted In Convention At Cheyenne, Wyoming, September 30, 1889


Cheyenne, Wyoming

Cheyenne Leader Printing Company



60, [4 blank] pp. (8vo) 21x14 cm (8¼x5½"), original wrappers; housed in blue cloth folder, blue cloth slipcase with gilt lettered spine. First Issue.

Scarce, early first issue of the first Wyoming Constitution, complete in 60, rather than 61 pages; in both issues pp. 58-60 comprise the Address of the People and are miscaptioned "Addressed." Bound in the original stapled wrappers, now reinforced with glue. This is Stephen W. Downey's copy, with his signature at the top of the front wrapper.  Downey was a delegate to Congress, and father of the University of Wyoming.

Wyoming was admitted into the Union as the 44th state on July 10, 1890. Very interestingly Article VI, Suffrage addresses the equality of the sexes: "The rights of citizens of the State of Wyoming to vote and hold office shall not be denied or abridged on account of sex. Both male and female citizens of this state shall equally enjoy all civil, political and religious rights and privileges." Streeter 2258.

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Some general wear and soiling to wrappers with some repair work to edges of front cover; interior with some repair work to edges, faint vertical crease throughout, occasional light finger soiling to margins, blue stain to bottom corner tips in middle of volume; very good.

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