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Toepel, M. G.; Kuehn, Hazel L. (ed.) / The Wisconsin Blue Book, 1958
(1958)

The Wisconsin Constitution,   pp. [229]-[260] PDF (11.0 MB)


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WISCONSIN CONSTITUTION
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                              ARTICLE II.
                              BOUNDARIES.
  State boundary. Section 1. It is hereby ordained and declared that the
state of Wisconsin doth consent and accept of the boundaries prescribed
in the act of congress entitled "An act to enable the people of Wisconsin
territory to form a constitution and state government, and for the admis-
sion of such state into the Union," approved August sixth, one thousand
eight hundred and forty-six, to wit: Beginning at the northeast corner
of the state of Illinois-that is to say, at a point in the center of Lake
Michigan where the line of forty-two degrees and thirty minutes of north
latitude crosses the same; thence running with the boundary line of the
state of Michigan, through Lake Michigan, Green Bay, to the mouth of
the Menominee river; thence up the channel of the said river to the Brule
river; thence up said last-mentioned river to Lake Brule; thence along
the southern shore of Lake Brule in a direct line to the center of the
channel between Middle and South Islands, in the Lake of the Desert;
thence in a direct line to the head waters of the Montreal river, as
marked upon the survey made by Captain Cramm; thence down the main
channel of the Montreal river to the middle of Lake Superior; thence
through the center of Lake Superior to the mouth of the St. Louis river;
thence up the main channel of said river to the first rapids in the same,
above the Indian village, according to Nichollet's map; thence due south
to the main branch of the river St. Croix; thence down the main channel
of said river to the Mississippi; thence down the center of the main chan-
nel of that river to the northwest corner of the state of Illinois; thence
due east with the northern boundary of the state of Illinois to the place
of beginning, as established by "An act to enable the people of the
Illi-
nois territory to form a constitution and state government, and for the
admission of such state into the Union on an equal footing with the
original states," approved April 18th, 1818.
  Enabling act accepted. Section 2. The propositions contained in the
act of congress are hereby accepted, ratified and confirmed, and shall
remain irrevocable without the consent of the United States; and it is
hereby ordained that this state shall never interfere with the primary
disposal of the soil within the same by the United States, nor with any
regulations congress may find necessary for securing the title in such
soil to bona fide purchasers thereof; and in no case shall nonresident
proprietors be taxed higher than residents. Provided, that nothing in
this constitution, or in the act of congress aforesaid, shall in any manner
prejudice or affect the right of the state of Wisconsin to 500,000 acres
of land granted to said state, and to be hereafter selected and located
and under the act of congress entitled "An act to appropriate the pro-
ceeds of the sales of the public lands, and grant pre-emption rights,"
approved September fourth, one thousand eight hundred and forty one.
                             ARTICLE III.
                                SUFFRAGE.
  Electors. Section 1. Every person, of the age of twenty-one years or
upwards, belonging to either of the following classes, who shall have
resided in the state for one year next preceding any election, and in the
election district where he offers to vote such time as may be prescribed
by the legislature, not exceeding thirty days, shall be deemed a qualified
elector at such election:
  (1) Citizens of the United States.
  (2) Persons of Indian blood, who have once been declared by law of
congress to be citizens of the United States, any subsequent law of con-
gress to the contrary notwithstanding.
  (3) The legislature may at any time extend, by law, the right of suf-
frage to persons not herein enumerated; but no such law shall be in


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