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Drawn up at Wyandotte (now part of Kansas City) in July 1859, the Wyandotte Constitution was the 4th and final constitution voted on by the people of Kansas regarding the terms of Kansas' admission to the union, particularly whether as a free state or slave state. It rejected slavery, and suffrage for women, blacks, and Indians; but affirmed property rights for women and their right to participate in school elections. The document was approved in a referendum by a vote of 10,421 to 5,530 on October 4, 1859. State nickname: The Sunflower State Other U.S. States Capital Topeka Largest city Wichita Governor Kathleen Sebelius (D) Senators {{{Senators}}} Official languages None Area 82,277 mi²; 213,096 km² (15th)  - Land 81,815 mi²; 211,900 km²  - Water 462 mi²; 1,196 km² (0. ... For the term free state as it arises in United States history, see: Free state. ... A slave state is a U.S. state that had legal slavery (overwhelmingly the enslavement of African-Americans, although historically also the enslavement of Native Americans, and whites through indentured servitude) in the period before the American Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation. ... Jump to: navigation, search October 4 is the 277th day of the year (278th in Leap years). ... 1859 is a common year starting on Saturday. ...

The House voted 134 to 73 to admit Kansas under the Wyandotte Constitution in April 1860, but there was resistance in the Senate. As slave states seceded, their senators left their seats and on 1861 January 21 the Senate passed the Kansas bill. 1861 is a common year starting on Tuesday. ... January 21 is the 21st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ...

Kansas' admission as a free state became effective 1861 January 29. Amended many times (including a universal suffrage amendment in 1912), the Wyandotte constitution is still the constitution of Kansas. 1861 is a common year starting on Tuesday. ... January 29 is the 29th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ...

External Links

  • Kansas State Historical Society
  • Greenpapers: Four Constitutions

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