#OTD 1866: the post-Civil War constitutional convention of 1866 convenes

On February 7, 1866, a convention “to alter or amend the Constitution of the State” convened in Austin. The then-current Constitution of 1861 had been adopted in furtherance of the secession of Texas, so a revision was obviously in order in light of the outcome of the Civil War.

The provisional governor, Andrew J. Hamilton, had ordered an election for the purpose of electing delegates, and 63 delegates appeared and presented their credentials on the appointed day in the Hall of the House of Representatives. Former Governor James W. Henderson (pictured below) assumed the role of President, pro tem, and then the convention adjourned until the next day.

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