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1824 Constitutional convention was authorized by act of legislature January 24, 1824 "An act to authorize the holding a Convention for the purpose of forming a written Constitution of Government for this State." Meeting at Newport June 21, 1824, convention consisted of delegates elected from each town with Elisha R. Potter of South Kingstown serving as president; Christopher E. Robbins secretary & Welcome A. Burgess  2nd Secretary.  Convention organized by five resolution proposals: "bill of rights"; the legislative & executive departments & suffrage qualifications; the judiciary; rights of towns & education.  Constitution adopted July 3, 1824 with 51 delegates voting in the affirmative & 9 in the negative.  Ratification brought before vote of freeman of Rhode Island on 2nd Monday in October, 1824 with 1,668 voting for ratification & 3,306 voting against C#00586.

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