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The Utah Constitution

Utah's first constitution was written by delegates to a constitutional convention that met from March 4 to May 8, 1895. John Henry Smith chaired the convention, and followed this motto: "Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain."

One of the biggest questions the delegates faced was this: Should they give women the right to vote? " Some men said absolutely not, but many others--men and women--said absolutely YES! The delegates (all men) finally voted to give women the vote.

Utah State Archives cares for Utah's first constitution. You can see a copy of the original document here. (You can also see our current constitution there.)

Learn how Utah achieved statehood here.