Black and white print of the Minnesota State Capitol, c.1900.

Minnesota State Capitol

Black and white print of the Minnesota State Capitol, c.1900, at Tenth and Wabasha Streets in St. Paul. This is where the NAAC business sessions were held.

Black and white photograph of Willis A. Gorman, c.1861.

Willis A. Gorman

Willis A. Gorman, c.1861.

Black and white photograph of the Minnesota Senate with Alexander Ramsey and Henry H. Sibley, 1859.

Minnesota Senate with Governors Alexander Ramsey and Henry H. Sibley

Minnesota Senate with Alexander Ramsey and Henry H. Sibley, 1859.

Black and white photograph of Thomas J. Galbraith, c.1885.

Thomas J. Galbraith

Thomas J. Galbraith, c.1885.

Painted portrait of Henry Sibley, c.1860.

Painting "Henry H. Sibley"

Portrait of Henry Sibley, c.1860.

Black and white photograph of a view of St. Paul including the Capitol building, 1857.

St. Paul looking toward State Capitol

View of St. Paul including the Capitol building, 1857.

First Minnesota State Capitol, 1853–1872.

Capitol, St. Paul

First Minnesota State Capitol, 1853–1872.

The Minnesota Constitutional Convention of 1857

In 1857 elected delegates met in St. Paul to draft a state constitution so that Minnesota could officially join the Union. Due to a bitter rivalry, Democrats and Republicans refused to meet jointly until near the end of the convention. Finally, a Compromise Committee with five members from each group proposed language that both sides accepted. Yet they refused to sign the same document. As a result, Minnesota has two copies of its constitution: one Democratic and one Republican.

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