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Article 1. Declaration of rights. 2. Distribution of powers. 3. Executive department. 4. Elections. 5. Impeachments. 6. Judicial department. 7. State and county officers. 8. Militia. 9. Disqualifications. 10. Oaths, bribery of elections, new

counties. 11. Miscellaneous provisions.

The schedule.


Section 12. No conviction shall work cor

ruption of blood or forfeiture

of estate. 13. No person arrested and confined

in jail shall be treated with

unnecessary rigor. 14. No person shall be put to an

swer any criminal charge but by presentment, indictment or

impeachment. 15. All prisoners shall be bailable,

except for capital offenses. 16. Excessive bails or fines shall not

be required. 17. All courts shall be open and jus

tice shall be administered

without delay. 18. No person shall be imprisoned

for debt. 19. The printing presses shall be free

every person to examine the proceedings of the


Bill of Rights. Section

Preamble. 1. All power is inherent in the

people. 2. The government is instituted for

the common benefit. 3. Freedom of religious thought

and worship. 4. No political religious test

Legislature. 20. No law impairing the obligation

of contracts shall be made. 21. No man's services or property

shall be taken without just compensation being made

therefor. 22. Perpetuities and monopolies

shall not be allowed. 23. The people have a right to as

semble in a peaceable manner to consult for the common

good. 24. There shall be a militia.-NO

standing army. 25. No person shall be subject to

military law except those em

ployed in the army or militia. 26. The citizens have the right to

keep and bear arms for their

common defense. 27. No soldier shall, in the time of

peace, be quartered in any

should be required as a quali

fication of office. 5. All elections to be free and

equal, and the right of suf

frage never denied. 8. The right of trial by jury shall |

remain inviolate. 7. The people shall be secure from

unreasonable searches and

8. No man shall be deprived of his

life, liberty or property but by
the judgment of his peers or

the law of the land.
9. In all criminal prosecutions the

accused has the right to be

heard for himself. 10. No person shall be put in jeop

ardy twice for the same of

fense. u. No ex post facto laws shall be





house without the consent of

the owner. 28. No person shall be compelled to

bear arms, provided he will

pay an equivalent. 29. An equal participation in the

free navigation of the Mississippi is one of the inherent rights of the citizens of the

State. 30. No hereditary emoluments, priv

ileges or honors shall ever be granted or conferred in this

State. 31. The boundary of the State shall

be as follows. 32. The erection of safe and com

fortable prisons shall be pro

vided for. 33. Slavery and involuntary servi

tude are forever prohibited in

this State. 34. The General Assembly shall

make no law recognizing the right of property in man.


and Representatives shall be

held. 8. When the first session of the

General Assembly shall com

mence. 9. Qualifications necessary to be

come a Representative. 10. Qualifications necessary to be

come a Senator. 11. The Senate and House of Representatives shall each choose

speaker.---'I'wo-thirds in each house shall constitute a



Distribution of Porrere. 1. The powers of the government

shall be the legislative, execu

tive and judicial. 2. No person or persons belonging

of these departments shall exercise any of the powers properly belonging to any of the others.




Legislutire Department. 3. The Legislative authority of this

State shall be vested in

quorum. 12. Each house may determine the

rules of its proceedings, punish its members for disorderly conduct and expel a member

by a two-thirds vote. 13. When Senators and Representa

tives shall be privileged from

arrest. 14. Each house may punish by im

prisonment any person not a member, who shall be guilty

of disrespect to the house. 15. The Governor shall have power

to fill vacancies. 16. In regard to the adjournment

of the two houses. 17. Bills may orignate in either

house. ---No bill shall embrace

more than one subject. 18. Every bill shall be read once on

three different days. 19. No bill shall be passed after it

has been rejected (during the

same session). 20. The style of the laws of this

State shall be. 21. Each house shall keep a journal

of its proceedings. 22. The doors of each house shall be

kept open. 23. In regard to the salary of the

members of the General As

sembly. 24. No money shall be drawn from

the treasury, except by appropriation.

General Assembly.
4. An enumeration of the qualified

voters and an apportionment
of the Representatives in the

General Assembly.
5. The number of representatives

shall be. 6. The number of Senators shall be. 7. The first election of Senators

Section 25. In regard to the eligibility of

members of the General As

sembly. 26. No person holding any other

office under the government shall have a seat in the Gen

eral Assembly. 27. Any member of either house of

the General Assembly shall have the liberty to protest

against any act. 28. All property, real, personal or

mixed, shall be taxed. 29. The General Assembly shall

have the power to authorize the several counties and incorporated towns in this State

to impose taxes. 30. No article manufactured in this

State shall be taxed. 31. The credit of this State shall

not be loaned or given. 32. No convention or General As

sembly of this State shall act upon any amendment of the Constitution of the United States proposed by Congress

to the several States. 33. No bonds of this State shall be

issued to any railroad


9. He may on extraordinary occa-

sions convene the General As

sembly. 10. He shall see that the laws are

faithfully executed. 11. He shall give the General As

sembly information on such matters as he shall judge ex

pedient. 12. In case of the removal of the

Governor from office. 13. No person holding

any other office under the government shall execute the office of Gov

ernor. 14. The Governor shall have the

power to fill vacancies. 13. The seal of the State. 16. All grants and commissions

shall be sealed with the State seal and signed by the Gov

ernor. 17. A Secretary of State shall be

appointed by joint vote of the

General Assembly. 18. Every bill shall be signed by




1. Qualifications necessary to vote. 2. Laws may be passed excluding

from the right of suffrage persons who may be convicted of

infamous crimes. 3. When electors are privileged

from arrest. 4. In all elections of the General

Assembly the members thereof shall vote viva voce.



Erecutire Department. 1. The supreme executive power

of this State shall be vested

in the Governor. 2. The Governor shall be chosen by

the electors of the members

of the General Assembly. 3. The Governor shall be at least

thirty years of age. 4. His term of office. 5. He shall be Commander-in

Chief of the army and navy

of this State. 6. He shall have the

power to grant reprieves and pardons. 7. His compensation. 8. He may require information in

writing from the members of the executive department.

Impeachments. 1. The House of Representatives

shall have the sole power of

impeachment. 2. All impeachments shall be tried

by the Senate. 3. The House of Representatives

shall elect three members, whose duty it shall be to prose

cute impeachments. 4. Who shall be liable to impeach



Section 5. Justices of the peace and other

officers not hereinbefore mentioned shall be liable to indictment.


Judicial Department. 1. The judicial power of this State

shall be vested in the Supreme

Court. 2. The Supreme Court shall consist

of five judges. 3. The judges of the Supreme

Court shall be elected by the

qualified voters of the State. 4. How the judges of the Circuit

and Chancery Courts, etc.,

shall be elected. 5. An Attorney-General and re

porter for the State shall be appointed by the judges of the

Supreme Court. 6. The judges and attorneys for the

State may be removed from office by a concurrent vote of both houses.

State and County Officers. Section 1. In regard to the election of

county officers. 2. Who shall have power to fill va

cancies. 3. The General Assembly shall

elect a Treasurer and a Comp

troller of the Treasury. 4. The election of all officers to fill

vacancies not heretofore provided for shall be made as the

Legislature may direct. 5. When the elections for judicial

and other civil officers shall be held. The term of each offices so elected.



1. All militia officers shall be

elected by persons subject to

military duty. 2. The Governor shall have power

to appoint the Adjutant-Gene

rals and his other staff officers. 3. The Legislature shall pass laws

exempting citizens opposed to bearing arms from attending private and general musters.

7. Compensation of the judges of

the Supreme and Inferior

Courts. 8. The jurisdiction of the Circuit,

Chancery and other inferior

courts. 9. How judges shall charge juries. 10. Power of judges and justices of

inferior courts. 11. No judge of the Supreme or in

ferior courts shall preside at the trial of any cause in which

he may be interested. 12. All writs and other process shall

run in the name of the State

of Tennessee. 13. Judges of the Supreme Court

shall appoint their clerks. 14. In regard to the fines to be

levied. 15. The different counties in this

State shall be laid off as the
General Assembly shall direct.


Disqualifications. 1. Ministers of the gospel, etc., are

not eligible to a seat in either

house of the Legislature. 2. No persons who deny the being of God shall hold

any civil office. 3. Duelling disqualifies for office.

Oaths, Bribery of Elections, New

Counties. 1. Every person before entering

upon the duties of office, shall

take the oath of office. 2. Each member of the Senate and

House of Representatives shall before they proceed to busi


ness, take the oath or affirma

tion. 3. In regard to bribes. 4. New counties may be established

by the Legislature.
5. In regard to the voting of citi-

zens who may be included in
any new county.

10. In regard to a system of internal

11. In regard to the possession of a

homestead. - Shall be exempt from sale under legal process during the life of the head of

a family. 12. In regard to education, literature

and science. 13. In regard to fish and game laws

within the State. 14. In regard to the intermarriage of

white persons with negroes. 15. No person shall, in time of peace,

be required to perform any

service to the public. 16. The declaration of rights, hereto

prefixed, is declared to be a

part of the Constitution. 17. In regard to county offices cre

ated by the Legislature.


Miscellaneous Provisions. 1. All laws now in force shall re

main until they expire or are

repealed. 2. In regard to the validity of

debts or contracts.
3. Any amendment or amendments

to this Constitution may be
proposed in the Senate or

House of Representatives.
4. In regard to the granting of di-

vorces. 5. Lotteries illegal. 6. The Legislature shall have no

power to change the names of

persons. 7. The Legislature shall fix the

rate of interest, which shall be

uniform throughout the State. 8. The Legislature shall have no

power to suspend any general
law for the benefit of any par-

ticular individual.
9. The power of the Legislature in

re to private and local

THE SCHEDULE. 1. In regard to the term of office of

the State officers. 2. At the first election of judges

under this Constitution there shall be elected six judges of the Supreme Court.- In regard to a vacancy.- The AttorneyGeneral and reporter of the

State. 3. Every judge and officer of the

executive department shall

take the oath of office. 4. In regard to the statutes of mi



Whereas, The people of the territory of the United States south

of the River Ohio, having the right of admission into the general government as a member State thereof, consistent with the Constitution of the United States and the act of cession of the State of North Carolina, recognizing the ordinance for the government of the territory of the United States north-west of the Ohio river, by their delegates and representatives in convention assembled, did, on the sixth day of February, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety-six, ordain and establish a Constitution or form of government, and

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