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"The Need of a Revision of the Constitution of the State of Tennessee"

Identifier: MS-0048

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This political essay by R.H. Stevens calls for the revision of the constitution of the State of Tennessee. Stevens outlines a number of his concerns regarding the present governmental institutions of the time as well as proposing alternative solutions to his constitutional concerns. Stevens describes the county court as a “wholly undemocratic, inherently incompetent, and from its very nature defective in administrating local government.” Furthermore he cites the importance of granting the governor powers appropriate to his office. He goes onto make a specific note of the need for increased support, financial and otherwise, to the state university and ends his proposal with a call to arms for the immediate revision of the present constitution.


  • circa 1912


The material in this collection is in English.

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0.1 Linear Feet (1 folder)


This political essay by R.H. Stevens calls for the revision of the constitution of the State of Tennessee.

Biographical/Historical Note

The first constitution of the State of Tennessee was written in Knoxville and approved by Congress during the winter of 1796, the year the state was created. It gave almost complete control of state government to the legislative branch, which led to adoption of the second constitution in March, 1835. Five years after the ending of the Civil War, the 1870 constitution was adopted and stood unchanged until 1953, when it was first amended. Further amendments followed in 1960, 1966, 1972, 1978, 1998, and 2006.


This material is in one folder.

Acquisition Note

This collection was donated by James D. Hoskins in 1949.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA