The State Library will be celebrating Constitution Day this Thursday, September 17 in the Historic Senate Chamber of the Capitol Museum tomorrow. The original, signed Arizona State Constitution will be on display for the first time since 2012, courtesy of the State Archives, and the Capitol Museum and State Library of Arizona both have United States Constitution related displays. Hear Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Bales discuss the role of state constitutions and enjoy nationally-known speaker Robert McWhirter’s talk about the Bill of Rights. Learn more here.
The United States Constitution was signed September 17, 1787. In 2004, Senator Robert Byrd passed a bill creating Constitution Day, a day commemorating our founding document.
Arizona’s Constitution was the last step in achieving statehood. In 1910 the constitutional convention met to create the state’s governing document, still in effect today. President William Howard Taft vetoed the first draft because Arizona wanted to retain the ability to recall federally appointed judges. After two years of debate the constitutional convention removed the section about judicial recall, and Arizona became a state on February 14, 1912.