[Sioux Falls, Dakota: Sioux Falls Leader, 1885]. ,77pp. printed in double columns. Quarto. Later pebbled cloth. Internally clean and fresh. Near fine. Item #WRCAM36293
The statehood movement in Dakota Territory began in the late 1870s and proceeded fitfully for the next few years, with those in the northern part of the territory, as well as Democrats, generally opposing statehood, and Republicans and those in the south generally in support of the movement. The result of this 1885 convention was a compromise, framing a constitution and providing for the election of state officers, but not making any provisions that might offend the federal Congress in Washington when it considered statehood for the territory. The constitution that emerged from this 1885 convention, however, was the same one (with very minor changes) that was adopted in 1889 when South Dakota became a state. The constitution itself is printed on pages 60-77, the names and home counties of the 111 delegates to the convention are also given, and the daily proceedings of the convention are related in minute detail. This official journal of the proceedings of the 1885 Constitutional Convention, then, is one of the earliest printings of the South Dakota constitution. We can locate a total of thirteen institutional copies of this scarce account of the 1885 journal of the Dakota Territory convention.
Ralph Newman bought the Streeter copy in 1968 for $450, for the Chicago collector Harry Sonnenborn. At his sale in 1980 it sold to John Jenkins for $300. It later appeared in a Randall House catalogue in 1994, priced $750. ALLEN, DAKOTA 336. STREETER SALE 2079. OCLC 8127560.