HAPPY NEVADA DAY!
This Nevada Day I'd like to post some information on the Nevada Constitution.
We the people of the State of Nevada Grateful to Almighty God for our freedom in order to secure its blessings, insure domestic tranquility, and form a more perfect Government, do establish this Constitution.
In order to have the constitution approved by congress prior to the presidential election the entire constitution was telegraphed to Washington D.C.
At the time it was the longest telegraph ever sent and cost $4,303.27. It took the telegraph operators 12 hours to send the document.
The first constitutional convention was actually held in 1863, with most of the delegates actually coming from California. Despite voters having been overwhelmingly in support of statehood, the voters soundly rejected the constitution submitted by this convention. The second convention was held during the month of July in 1864. After approval by election the constitution was sent to Washington D.C. and President Lincoln signed the State of Nevada into the Union on October 31, 1864.