1857 · Saint Paul
This is the record of the Democrats' Convention. Congress's Enabling Act of February 1857 invited Minnesota to enter the Union as a State. The process began inauspiciously: "An important chapter in the history of Minnesota and an invaluable commentary on the fundamental law of the State. The Republican delegates walked out and set up a rival convention" [Eberstadt]. The Reporter's Preface notes that "a portion of the Delegates-elect to the Convention, representing one of the great political parties of the Territory, not only refused to co-operate with the Convention in its proceedings, but constituted for themselves a rival organization, leaving the body composed entirely of Democratic members."
Each Convention produced a Constitution. Eventually a conference committee would iron out the differences.
110 Eberstadt 178. Imprints Inventory 139. (Inventory #: 31646)