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Original 1857 Constitution of Oregon

The original, signed copy of the Oregon Constitution is permanently housed in the Oregon State Archives. The Constitution defined and established the organization of government in Oregon from 1859 to 1902, when the initiative and referendum amendment was added.

 

[Also see the Oregon State Archives Web exhibit entitled Crafting the Oregon Constitution: Framework for a New State]

 

Leather Cover
Title Page

 

Preamble
We the people of the State of Oregon to the end that Justice be established, order maintained, and liberty perpetuated, do ordain this Constitution.—

 

Article I: Bill of Rights
Page One
Page Two
Page Three
Page Four
Page Five
Page Six
Page Seven
Page Eight
Unnumbered sections

 

Article II: Suffrage and Elections
Section 1-2
Section 3-5
Section 6-9
Section 10-12
Section 13-16
Section 17

 

Article III: Distribution of Powers
Section 1

 

Article IV: Legislative Department
Section 1-2
Section 3-5
Section 6-7
Section 7-9
Section 10-12
Section 12-16
Section 16-20
Section 20-23
Section 23-24
Section 24-29
Section 29-30
Section 31

 

Article V: Executive Department
Section 1-3
Section 4-7
Section 7-11
Section 12-14
Section 14-15
Section 15-17
Section 18

 

Article VI: Administrative Department
Section 1-2
Section 3-7
Section 8-9

Article VII: The Judicial Department
Section 1-2
Section 2-5
Section 6-8
Section 9-10
Section 11-13
Section 13-15
Section 16-18
Section 19-21
Section 21 (oath)

 

Article VIII: Education and School Lands
Section 1-2
Section 2-5
Section 5

 

Article IX: Finance
Section 1-3
Section 4-8

 

Article X: The Militia
Section 1-4
Section 4-5

 

Article XI: Corporations and Internal Improvements
Section 1-3
Section 4-8
Section 9-10

 

Article XII: State Printer
Section 1

 

Article XIII: Salaries
Section 1

 

Article XIV: Seat of Government
Section 1-2
Section 3

 

Article XV: Miscellaneous
Section 1-4
Section 5-8

 

Article XVI: Boundaries
Page 1
Page 2

 

Article XVII: Amendments
Section 1
Section 2

 

Article XVIII: Schedule
Section 1-2
Section 2-4
Section 4-5
Section 5-6
Section 6-10
Section 11

 

Signatures
Page 1
Page 2