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17th Amendment: Direct Election of U.S. Senators

Application of the Louisiana State Legislature and Governor for a Convention to Propose a Constitutional Amendment

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This application from the governor and state legislature of Louisiana for a constitutional convention specifically cites Congress’s failure to propose an amendment for direct election. Louisiana was one of many states that hoped that the never used convention method of proposing constitutional amendments would enable them to successfully bypass the reluctant Congress.

Application of the Louisiana State Legislature and Governor for a Convention to Propose a Constitutional Amendment for Direct Election of Senators, November 25, 1907; Petitions referred to the Committee on Privileges and Elections (SEN 60A-J119); 60th Congress, Records of the United States Senate, Record Group 46, National Archives Building, Washington, DC. NAID 25466158

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