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Colton Hall – Site of California’s Original Constitution

 
 
Colton Hall – Site of California’s Original Constitution Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 12, 2013
1. Colton Hall – Site of California’s Original Constitution Marker
Inscription. Forty-eight men of diverse education and cultural backgrounds from throughout California converged upon Monterey in September in 1849 to frame a constitutional government for California. Working together as Californians, they created this important cornerstone of government. The deliberations conducted in English and Spanish, took place in Colton Hall. On October 13, 1849, the delegates signed and submitted a state constitution to the people of California. It was ratified by popular vote on November, 13, 1849.

The 1849 Constitution was notable in that it featured articles on suffrage, women’s property rights, prohibition of slavery, establishment of the state’s eastern boundary, and specified that all laws and ordinances would be published in English and Spanish. On September 9, 1850, the Congress of the United States of America approved the constitution, making California the 31st state.
 
Erected 2010 by Daughters of the American Revolution, California State Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
 
Location. 36° 35.865′ N, 121° 53.839′ W. Marker is in Monterey, California, in Monterey County. Marker can be reached
Colton Hall – Site of California’s Original Constitution Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 12, 2013
2. Colton Hall – Site of California’s Original Constitution Marker
from Pacific Street. Click for map. This marker is in the gardens in front of, and to the left of the entrance to Colton Hall. Marker is at or near this postal address: 570 Pacific Street, Monterey CA 93940, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Great Seal of the State of California (here, next to this marker); Chaplain Walter Colton, U.S.N., 1787-1851 (here, next to this marker); Monterey History Time Line (a few steps from this marker); Gordon House (within shouting distance of this marker); Colton Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Moon Tree (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Monterey Jail (within shouting distance of this marker); Vasquez Adobe (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Monterey.
 
Also see . . .  California's Constitutional Convention of 1849. The Congress in 1848 did not set up any government for California either territorial or state, and again adjourned early in 1849 without taking any action. Agitation for statehood was very active in both 1848 and 1849 so action was deemed necessary. So, following the adjournment of Congress, without any action for the creation of a government in California, Governor Bennet Riley decided to take action.
Colton Hall image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 12, 2013
3. Colton Hall
(statue) The California Grizzly Bear: a symbol of the State of California. Sculptor: Kris Swanson
He issued a proclamation on June 3, 1849, calling for an election of delegates.
(Submitted on February 16, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Government
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 363 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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