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The foregoing districts are subject, however, so far to be altered, that, when any new town shall be organized, it may be added to either of the adjoining assembly districts.
Section 13. Such parts of the common law as are now in force in the Territory of Wisconsin, not inconsistent with this constitution, shall be and continue a part of the law of this State, until altered, or suspended by the legislature.
Section 14. The senators first elected in the even numbered senate districts, the governor, lieutenant governor, and other State officers first elected under this constitution, shall enter upon the duties of their respective offices on the first Monday of June next, and shall continue in office for one year from the first Monday of January next; the senators first elected in the odd numbered 'senate districts, and the members of the assembly first elected, shall enter upon their duties, respectively, on the first Monday of June next, and shall continue in office until the first Monday in January
Section 15. The oath of office may be administered by any judge or justice of the peace, until the legislature shall otherwise direct.
Resolved, that the Congress of the United States be, and is hereby, requested, upon the application of Wisconsin for admission into the Union, so to alter the provisions of an act of Congress entitled "An act to grant a quantity of land to the Territory of Wisconsin, for the purpose of aiding in opening a canal to connect the waters of Lake Michigan with those of Rock river," approved June eighteenth, eighteen hundred and thirty-eight, and so to alter the terms and conditions of the grant made therein, that the odd numbered sections thereby granted and remaining unsold, may be held and disposed of by the State of Wisconsin, as part of the five hundred thousand acres of land to which said State is entitled by the provisions of an act of Congress, entitled "An act to appropriate the proceeds of the sales of the public lands, and to grant pre-emption rights,” approved the fourth day of September, eighteen hundred and forty-one; and, further, that the even numbered sections, reserved by Congress, may be offered for sale by the United States for the same minimum price, and subject to the same rights of preemption as other public lands of the United States.
Resolved, That Congress be further requested to pass an act whereby the excess price over and above one dollar and twentyfive cents per acre, which may have been paid by the purchasers of said even numbered sections which shall have been sold by the United States, be refunded to the present owners thereof, or they be allowed to enter any of the public lands of the United States to an amount equal in value to the excess so paid.
Resolved, That in case the said odd numbered sections shall be ceded to the State as aforesaid, the same shall be sold by the State in the same manner as other school lands: Provided, That the same rights of pre-emption as are now granted by the laws of the United States, shall be secured to persons who may be actually settled upon such lands at the time of the adoption of this constitution: And provided, further, That the excess price, over and above one dollar and twenty-five cents per acre, absolutely or conditionally contracted to be paid by the purchasers of any part of said sections, which shall have been sold by the Territory of Wisconsin, shall be remitted to such purchasers, their representatives, or assigns.
Resolved, That Congress be requested, upon the application of Wisconsin for admission into the Union, to pass an act whereby the grant of five hundred thousand acres of land, to which the State of Wisconsin is entitled by the provisions of an act of Congress, entitled "An act to appropriate the proceeds of the sales of the public lands, and to grant pre-emption rights," approved the fourth day of September, eighteen hundred and forty-one; and, also, the five per centum of the nett proceeds of the public lands lying within the State, to which it shall become entitled on its admission into the Union, by the provisions of an act of Congress, entitled “An act to enable the people of Wisconsin Territory to form a constitution and State government, and for the admission of such State into the Union," approved the sixth day of August, eighteen hundred and forty-six, shall be granted to the State of Wisconsin for the use of schools, instead of the purposes mentioned in the said acts of Congress respectively.
Resolved, That the Congress of the United States be, and hereby is, requested, upon the admission of this State into the Union, so to alter the provisions of the act of Congress, entitled “ An act to 'grant a certain quantity of land to aid in the improvement of the Fox and Wisconsin rivers, and to connect the same by a canal in the Territory of Wisconsin,” that the price of the lands reserved to the United States, shall be reduced to the minimum price of the public lands.
Resolved, that the legislature of this State shall make provision by law for the sale of the lands granted to the State in aid of said improvements, subject to the same rights of pre-emption to the settlers thereon, as are now allowed by law to settlers on the public lands.
Resolved, That the foregoing resolutions be appended. to, and signed with the constitution of Wisconsin, and submitted therewith to the people of this Territory, and to the Congress of the United States.
We the undersigned, members of the convention to form a constitution for the State of Wisconsin, to be submitted to the people thereof, for their ratification or rejection, do hereby certify that the foregoing is the constitution adopted by the convention.
In testimony whereof, we have hereunto set our hands, at Madison, the first day of February, A. D. 1848.
MORGAN L. MARTIN, President of the Convention and delegate from the county of Brown.
Thomas McHugh, Secretary.
G. W. FEATHERSTONHAUGH, of Calumet county.
of Columbia county. D. G. FENTON,
of Crawford county. WM. W. FOX, C. M. NICHOLS,
of Dane county.
} of Dodge county.
of Fond du Lac county. 0. COLE, GEORGE W. LAKIN, ALEXANDER D. RAMSEY, of Grant county. WILLIAM RICHARDSON, JOHN HAWKINS ROUNTREE, JANES BIGGS,
of Greene county. CHARLES BISHOP L. P. HOLLENBECK,
of Iowa county. JOSEPH WARD, JONAS FOLTS,
, THEODORE PRENTISS,
of Jefferson county.
of La Fayette county.
i of Milwaukee county.
of Racine county.
of Rock county.
of Sheboygan county.
of Walworth county.
of Washington county.
Abstract of the population of the several counties in the Territory
of Wisconsin, on the first day of December, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty-seven.
2,914 1,066 3,791
Name of Counties.
1,409 10,935 14,906
7,459 11,720 6,487 7,963 11,464 9,335
367 1,285 2,261 22,791
1,504 19,539 14,729 2,178 5,580 1,674 15,039 15,547 15,866 2,787
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF WISCONSIN TERRITORY,
Madison, February 5, 1848. I, John Catlin, Secretary of the Territory of Wisconsin, do hereby certify that the above is a true abstract of the population of the Territory of Wisconsin, on the first day of December, A. D. 1847, as appears by the efficial returns made to this office; and that the printed copy of an act containvil in the pamphlet, hereto attached, entitled "an act in relation to the formation of a State government in Wisconsin, and to change the time for holding the annual session of the legislature," approved October 27, A. D. 1847, is a true copy of the original, now remaining of record in this office, and of the whole of such original.
In testimony whereof, I have hereto set my hand, and
caused the seal of the Territory of Wisconsin to be af[seal.]
fixed, at Madison, on 'the day and year first above written.
JOHN CATLIN, Secretary of Wisconsin Territory.
Laws of Wisconsin Territory, passed at the special session of the
Legislative Assembly, October 27, 1847.
AN ACT in relation to the formation of a State government in Wisconsin, and to change
the time for holding the annual session of the legislature. SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the Council and House of Representatives of the Territory of Wisconsin, That on the fifth Monday of November, A. D. 1847, every white male inhabitant or the Territory of Wisconsin, above the age of 21 years, and who shall have resided therein, for six months next preceding said day, and who shall be a citizen of the United States, or shall have declared his intention to become such citizen, according to the laws of the United States on the subject of naturalization, shall be authorized to vote by ballot for the number of delegates to a convention to form a constitution for the State of Wisconsin, which is hereinafter apportioned to the county in which he shall vote : Provided, That no person shall vote in any county for such delegates, unless he shall have been a resident of that county for the period of ten days next preceding i: e time of offering his vote; and all legal voters resident upon In 'an territory shall, under the qualifications prescribed by this a 't, have the right to vote for delegates in the counties nearest to their residence.
Sec. 2. Every person authorized by this act to vote for delegates to the convention herein provided for, shall be eligible as a delegate to said convention for the county or district in which he resides. Sec. 3. The number of delegates to be elected to said conven