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    • Page 1 CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE ADOPTED IN CONVENTION AT NASHVILLE, FEBRUARY 23RD A.D. 1870. PREAMBLE AND DECLARATION OF RIGHTS. Whereas, The people of the territory of the United States south of the river Ohio, having the right of...
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    • Page 2 fifteenth day of November, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-nine, did provide for the calling of a Convention by the people of the State, to meet at Nashville, on the second Monday in January, in the year of our...
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    • Page 6 years from the day of the general election. Section 4. An enumeration of the qualified voters, and an apportionment of the Representatives in the General Assembly, shall be made in the year one thousand eight hundred and seventy-one, and...
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    • Page 9 All property shall be taxed according to its value, that value to be ascertained in such manner as the Legislature shall direct, so that taxes shall be equal and uniform throughout the State. No one species of property from which a tax may...
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    • Page 10 ARTICLE III. Executive Department. Section 1. The Supreme Executive power of this State shall be vested in a Governor. Section 2. The Governor shall be chosen by the electors of the members of the General Assembly, at the time and...
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    • Page 13 and Secretary of State, shall be liable to impeachment, whenever they may, in the opinion of the House of Representatives, commit any crime in their official capacity which may require disqualification; but judgment shall only extend to...
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    • Page 14 His term of service shall be eight years. Section 5. An Attorney General and Reporter for the State, shall be appointed by the Judges of the Supreme Court and shall hold his office for a term of eight years. An Attorney for the State for...
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    • Page 15 of law knowledge, for the trial and determination thereof. The Legislature may by general laws make provision that special Judges may be appointed, to hold any Courts the Judge of which shall be unable or fail to attend or sit; or to hear...
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    • Page 16 the qualified voters at the first election for any of the County Officers. Section 3. There shall be a treasurer or Treasurers and a Comptroller of the Treasury appointed for the State, by the joint vote of both Houses of the General...
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    • Page 21 from carrying into effect any laws that have been passed in favor of the Colleges, Universities or Academies, or from authorizing heirs or distributees to receive and enjoy escheated property under such laws as may be passed from time to...
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    • Page 22 State, who shall hold their offices for the term herein prescribed. In the event any vacancy shall occur in the office of either of said Judges at any time after the first day of January one thousand eight hundred and seventy three; it...
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    • Page 24 A. G. McDougal, James J. Turner Malcolm McNabb, Geo. W. Walters Matt Martin, Richard Warner Jr. John H. Meeks, Wm. H. Williamson Thos. C. Morris, W. M. Wright Attest: T. E. S. Russwurm, Secretary Thomas W. Jones,...
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    • Page 25 Done at the Executive Department in the City of Nashville, this fifth day of May AD One thousand eight hundred and seventy and of the American Independence the Ninety-fourth. D. W. C. Senter, Gov Jno. C. Brown, President D. B. Thomas,...
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    • Sect. 19th The doors of each House and Committees of the whole shall be Kept open, unless when the business shall be such as ought to be Kept Secret. Sect. 20th The Legislature of this State shall not allow the following Officers of Government...
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    • Sect. 3d He shall be at least twenty five years of age, and possess a freehold Estate of five hundred acres of land, and have been a Citizen or Inhabitant of this State four years next before his election unless he shall have been absent on the...
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    • of their acts and laws shall be: “Resolved by the Committee and Council in General Council convened.” Section 2. The Cherokee Nation as laid off into eight Districts, shall remain so. Section 3. The committee shall consist of two members from...
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    • Article 10th Sect. 1st Knoxville shall be the Seat of Government until the year One thousand Eight hundred and two. Sect. 2d All Laws and Ordinances now in force and use in this Territory not inconsistent with this Constitution shall continue to...
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