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The Legislative Manual, of the State of Colorado Comprising the History of Colorado, Annals of the Legislature, Manual of Customs, Precedents and Forms, Rules of Parliamentary Parliamentary Practice, and the Constitutions of the United States nd The Histo

The Legislative Manual, of the State of Colorado
Comprising the History of Colorado, Annals of the
Legislature, Manual of Customs, Precedents and Forms, Rules
of Parliamentary Parliamentary Practice, and the
Constitutions of the United States nd The Histo
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Title: The Legislative Manual, of the State of Colorado Comprising the History of Colorado, Annals of the Legislature, Manual of Customs, Precedents and Forms, Rules of Parliamentary Parliamentary Practice, and the Constitutions of the United States nd The Histo
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THE
Legislative Manual,
—OF THE—
STATE OF COLORADO,
—COMPRISING—
THE HISTORY OF COLORADO, ANNALS OF THE LEGISLATURE,
MANUAL OF CUSTOMS, PRECEDENTS AND FORMS, RULES
OF PARLIAMENTARY PRACTICE, AND THE CONSTITUTIONS
OF THE UNITED STATES AND
THE STATE OF COLORADO.

—ALSO—
CHRONOLOGICAL TABLE OF AMERICAN HISTORY, LISTS AND
TABLES FOR REFERENCE, BIOGRAPHIES, ETC.

THOMAS B. CORBETT.
FIRST EDITION.
DENVER, COLORADO.
DENVER TIMES PUBLISHING HOUSE AND BINDERY.
1877.

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Entered according to act of Congress, in the year 1877,
By Thomas B. Corbett,
In the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington, D. C.
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PREFACE.

The first edition of the Colorado Legislative Manual isherewith presented. While designed for the use of the General Assembly,it cannot fail to interest all classes—the lawyer, the merchant,the aspirant after political honors, and even the young who are ripeninginto manhood and soon to share its grave responsibilities. It containsinformation which cannot be elsewhere acquired without a great expenditureof time and patience, in the examination of records, the reconciliationof numerous discrepancies, the supplement of omissions andthe correction of errors. The pre-State history is necessarily brief.Sketches of prominent characters, and comments on events and theacts of individuals are not introduced, for the reason that the periodof the narrative should be removed some distance from the present ageto secure the historian from undue prejudice and partiality. The settlementof Colorado, now a flourishing State, began scarcely twentyyears ago. A sense of propriety, therefore, demands that only a plain,accurate and truthful statement be made of what occurred in connectionwith that settlement. In the preparation of the Legislative Annals,much labor and care have been expended. The Annals are as completeand correct as it was possible to make them, considering the removalsof members from the Territory, the inaccuracy of the recordsand the imperfection of the journals. To the novice in legislation, theManual of Customs, Precedents and Forms will prove of great value.I have sought, and indeed have spared no pains nor expense, to makethis an improvement upon all other Legislative Manuals yet published.

This Manual will be published biennially with such changes as circumstancesmay require, and such improvements as experience maysuggest. That I am anxious to receive the commendation of an appreciativepublic, I do not deny, and hope that their fullest sympathy withmy effort in this direction will be freely accorded. It is a satisfactionto know, and should beget a praiseworthy pride, that Colorado is notivbehind any of the oldest, most populous and wealthy States in thecharacter, style and completeness of this publication.

It gives me great pleasure to confess, that from the inception tothe completion of this work, I have received much kind and cordialassistance. My warmest thanks and acknowledgments are extendedto Robert Berry and William W. Webster, experienced legislators,for their good offices and valuable help. The courtesies of JudgeAmos Steck, whose memory of facts, dates and persons deserves specialmention, and the kindness of O. J. Goldrick, editor and proprietorof the Rocky Mountain Herald, are here gratefully acknowledged.

Trusting that this work will meet the expectations of the GeneralAssembly, and State at large, I respectfully submit it to their judgment.

T. B. C.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS.

History of Colorado PAGE.
History from early settlement to present time 33
Organic Act of Territory 44
Amendments to Organic Act 51
Enabling Act 63
Constitution of Colorado 68
President’s Proclamation 120
Constitution of the United States
Analytical Table of Contents 13
Constitution 124
Amendments 136
Manual of Parliamentary Practice
Index 23
Manual of Parliamentary Practice 140
Legislative Assemblies
Members and officers of the Legislative Assemblies under Territorial government 212
Members of the Constitutional Convention of 1865 225
Members of Legislative Assembly of 1865 226
Members of the Constitutional Convention of 1875-76 227
Members of the first State Legislature 228
Table showing the length of the several sessions of the Legislature 230
Territorial and State Officers
Territorial officers 231
Delegates to Congress 232
State officers 233
Judges of Supreme Court 233
United States Senators and Representative 233
Presidential Electors 234
Official vote for State officers 235
Legislative Department
Manual of Customs, Precedents and Forms 236
Rules and Orders of Senate 254
Rules and Orders of House 261
Joint Rules of Senate and House 269vi
Chronological Table 271
United States Government
The Executive, Cabinet and Supreme Court 295
United States Army Organization 295
Members of the Forty-fourth Congress 296
Members of the Forty-fifth Congress 301
Presidents and Vice-Presidents of the United States 307
States and Territories of the Union, Capitals, Governors, etc. 308
Diplomatic officers of the United States 312
Foreign Governments 310
Post Offices in Colorado 313
Counties of Colorado
Area, population and valuation 316
Biographical Sketches
Congressional Delegation 317
Executive officers 319
Senators 323
Representatives 332

HISTORY OF COLORADO.

CHAPTER I.

Cession of Louisiana Province and Territorial purchase fromMexico—expedition of Coronado—United States expedition to examineLouisiana Province—brief history of Kansas to 1861—first discoveryof Gold—trains of prospectors—first settlements in Colorado—earlyattempts to organize a Territory and State—first representativeto Kansas Legislature—visit of Horace Greeley—Provisional Territorialgovernment organized—people’s courts and miners’ courts—conditionof affairs in 1860—pony express and other events of 1860—Territoryof Colorado organized.—Pages 33-43.

CHAPTER II.—ORGANIC ACT.

Boundaries—Governor, Secretary, their duties and term of office—Legislature—suffrage—judicialpower—election of delegate—Surveyor-Generalto be appointed.

AMENDMENTS TO ORGANIC ACT.

To provide a temporary government—to regulate the electivefranchise—in regard to appropriations—compensation of members andofficers of legislature.—Pages 44-56.

CHAPTER III.

Provisional government ends—federal officers arrive—Territorialgovernment established—events of 1862—events of 1863—events ofvii1864—Indians punished by Col. Chivington—renewal of Indian hostilitiesin 1865—attempt to organize a State—events of 1866—events of1867—railroads and colonies—temporary division of Republican partyin Colorado—enabling act passed.—Pages 57-62.

CHAPTER IV.—ENABLING ACT.

Power to organize a State government—boundaries—suffrage—ConstitutionalConvention—Constitution to be submitted to the peopleand President to admit the State by proclamation—lands and SaltSprings appropriated—that five per centum of the proceeds of thesales of lands by the United States be paid to the State. Amendmentto the Enabling Act—Constitutional Convention.—Pages 63-67.

CHAPTER V.—CONSTITUTION.

Preamble—bill of rights—distribution of powers—Executive Department—Lieutenant-Governor—legislativedepartment—judicial department—suffrageand elections—State institutions—education—revenue—officers—impeachments—counties—corporations—miningand irrigation—militia—miscellaneous—future amendments—schedule—ordinances.Constitution submitted to the people—vote—the newState admitted. Proclamation of the President—party conventions—electionfor State officers—General Assembly meet—Governor’s message—generalremarks.—Pages 67-123.viii1


ANALYTICAL INDEX
OF THE
CONSTITUTION OF COLORADO.

A. ART. SEC.
Accused, right of 2 16
Actions, to be continued as if no change in government. Sched. 1
Adjournment, of Legislature 5 15
Aliens, to possess and enjoy property same as citizens 2 27
Amendments to Constitution, how made 19 2
Apportionment of Senators and members of House 5 45
Appropriations for charitable and other purposes not to be made 5 34
not to be made unless assessment be made to meet 10 16
Arms, right to keep and bear 2 13
Assembly General, number of members of 5 46
power to interfere with municipal
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