After the Convention

A composite of historical images
Top to bottom: westward progress; U.S. House members; reform newspaper; farmer; Oregon locomotive.
The work of creating a new state was far from complete when the final gavel fell at the Oregon Constitutional Convention of 1857. The Oregon voters and the Congress had the final say. Once ratified, the constitution guided the state through the choppy waters of the late 1800s. By 1902, the time to amend its words had long since arrived.


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