Title: Ordinance of secession
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/SA00000002/00002
 Material Information
Title: Ordinance of secession
Physical Description: 1 : ;
Language: English
Creator: Convention of the People of the State of Florida, (1861-1862
Subject: Secession   ( lcsh )
Politics and government -- Florida -- 1821-1865   ( lcsh )
Genre: Ordinances   ( aat )
Ordinances   ( aat )
Summary: The series contains a one page handwritten copy of the Ordinance of Secession passed on January 10, 1861 by the members of the Convention of the People of the State of Florida (commonly referred to as the Secession Convention).
Biographical: Pursuant to an Act of the Legislature approved November 30, 1860, Governor Madison S. Perry issued a proclamation calling an election on Saturday, December 22, 1860, for delegates to a Convention to address the issue of whether Florida had a right to withdraw from the Union. The Secession Convention met on January 3, 1861 in Tallahassee. John C. McGehee of Madison County was elected President. The Convention passed the Ordinance of Secession on January 10, 1861, declaring Florida to be "a sovereign and independent nation." The Convention ratified the Constitution adopted by the Confederate States of America on April 13 and adjourned sine die on April 27, 1861 unless convened by the president on or before December 25.
Publications: Journal of the proceedings of the Convention of the People of Florida, begun and held at the Capitol in the city of Tallahassee, on Thursday, January 3, A.D. 1861. Tallahassee : Office of the Floridian and Journal, 1861.
 Record Information
Bibliographic ID: SA00000002
Volume ID: VID00002
Source Institution: Florida State Archives
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: oclc - 32413375


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Ordinance of Secession 1861
Florida Convention of the People

Ordinance of Secession (1861) is the product of the Florida State Archives and
its "Florida Memory Project". It is provided, here, as a courtesy of the Florida
State Archives. This particular constitution is one of several compiled as
"Florida's Early Constitutions". The Florida State Archives is a unit of the Bureau
of Archives & Records Management in the Division of Library & Information
Services, Florida Department of State.

We, the People of the State of Florida, in Convention assembled,
do solemnly ordain, publish and declare, That the State of Florida
hereby withdraws herself from the Confederacy of States existing
under the name of the United States of America, and from the
existing government of said States; and That all political connection
between her and the government of said States ought to be and the
same is hereby totally annulled and said Union of States dissolved,
and the State of Florida is hereby declared a sovereign and
independent Nation; and That all ordinances heretofore adopted, in
so far as they create or recognize said Union, are rescinded, and all
laws or parts of laws in force in this State, in so far as they
recognize or assent to said Union, be and they are hereby

Done in open Convention, January 10, 1861.

(Signatures illegible)

Attest. William S. Harris, Secretary

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