OTD 1869: college drinking jeopardized at the Reconstruction Convention

On February 2, 1869, the Reconstruction Convention spent its evening session working on various sections proposed as part of the article on General Provisions. A proposed new provision that had not appeared in previous versions of the Texas Constitution concerned the sale of alcohol near colleges and seminaries (except in county seats and the State Capital):

The Legislature may prohibit the sale of all intoxicating or spirituous liquors in the immediate vicinity of any college or seminary of learning; provided said college or seminary be located other than at a county seat or at the State Capital.

This proposal was adopted and eventually enacted as article XII, section 48 of the 1869 constitution, but it was left out of the General Provisions article in the 1876 Texas Constitution.



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