Did You Know? 1846.

April 1846 – The First Step Toward Statehood.

On April 6, 1846, the voters of Iowa approved thirty-two Iowans from around the state, sending them off to Iowa City to write up a State Constitution. So far, beginning in 1840, there had been three false attempts at statehood, but now, if this Constitutional Convention can get their act together, both the people of Iowa and the United States Senate seem ready to make it all happen.

You’re looking (above) at a rare stamp-less postal cover – postmarked in Iowa City on April 13, 1846. In this letter, Iowa City newspaperman Thomas Hughes (above left) is all over the story – asking a few probing questions of Representative Laurel Summers (above right) about the latest election results – particularly those surrounding the counties nearest Iowa City – Johnson, of course, Linn & Benton, Muscatine, and Cedar. Curious minds, as you know, want to know!


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