Wisconsin History Day By Day

Related Web Sites:
The Making of the Wisconsin Constitution

Read More About It

"Defining a People, Creating a State: The Wisconsin Constitution in Jacksonian Context" by Martin Stelter

"An Exposition of the Constitution of the State of Wisconsin" by A.O. Wright

"The Convention of 1846" by the Wisconsin Historical Society


Constitutional Convention

Interesting Fact:

Wisconsin has the oldest state Constitution outside of New England.

Study Questions:

  • What is the purpose of the state's Constitution?
  • What were the issues being debated during the writing of the Constitution?
  • How is the state Constitution used today?

    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about the making of Wisconsin's constitution:

  • Newspapers on BadgerLink
  • Wisconsin Historical Society

    U.S. historical events that occurred on October 15:

    1914: The Clayton Anti-trust Act is passed.

  • October 15

    October 15, 1846: The first Constitutional Convention met in Madison until December 16. The constitution it drafted was rejected by voters on April 6, 1847.

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