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This Day in Georgia History

March 11, 1861

Confederate Constitution Adopted

In Montgomery, Ala., the Confederate Congress unanimously adopted the Constitution of the Confederate States of America, which had been principally drafted by Georgians Thomas R.R. Cobb and Robert Toombs. Though largely based on the U.S. Constitution - there were a number of important differences. The Confederate Constitution also marked the first constitution to provide for the an item veto - which allow the chief executive to veto specific items with an appropriation act while approving other items. Copies of the new constitution were then forwarded to the eight states that had seceded for ratification. Today, the original Confederate Constitution is housed in the collection of the Hargrett Rare Books and Manuscript Library at the University of Georgia.