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Connecticut Constitutional History

This guide will provide information about how to research Connecticut's constitutional history.

About This Guide


This guide provide resources related to Connecticut's Founding Documents, the Constitution of 1818, and the Constitution of 1965.

Why is Connecticut's Nickname the Constitution State?

Connecticut has been officially known as "The Constitution State" since 1959.  The nickname refers to Connecticut's Fundamental Orders, which was arguably the first written constitution in the world.  The Fundamental Orders, adopted in 1639, set forth the framework for Connecticut's government, who was eligible to vote, and how laws were to be made.

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