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Constitution of the State of West Virginia, November 26, 1861

Constitution of the State of West Virginia, November 26, 1861

The constitution of the new state of West Virginia was ratified on November 26, 1861. The constitution would later be amended to include the gradual emancipation of slaves as required by Congress to achieve statehood. West Virginia ratified the amended constitution March 26, 1863.

RG 233, Records of the U.S. House of Representatives

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