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21st Amendment

Text of 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

 

Joint Resolution asking Federal Government for New Jersey to convene a Convention for repealing 18th Amendment
12 and 25 January 1932
Federal Congressional Joint Resolution allowing for convention to be called for repeal of 18th Amendment
21 February 1933
Act for providing for delegates to be elected to New Jersey Convention to repeal 18th Amendment
20 March 1933
Statement of Election
1 June 1933
Board of State Canvassers Determination
29 May 1933
Proclamation allowing for Convention
22 May 1933
Convention Proceedings
1 June 1933
Certification of Convention
Acknowledgement of Congress
5 June 1933

Resolution to Convene a Convention for Repeal of 18th Amendment

Senate Joint Resolution No. 1
State of New Jersey

JOINT RESOLUTION providing for application by the Legislature of the State of New Jersey to the Congress of the United States to call a convention for proposing an amendment to said Constitution for the repeal of Article XVIII (Eighteenth Amendment, Prohibition of the Liquor Traffic) and the substitution of a new amendment therefor, as provided by Article V of the said Constitution of the United States.WHEREAS, Article V of the Constitution of the United States provides:“The Congress, whenever two-thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this Constitution; or, on the application of the Legislatures of two-thirds of the several States, shall call a convention for proposing amendments, which in...

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Congressional Resolution and Notification

Department of State
Washington

Februrary 21, 1933

The Honorable
The Governor of New Jersey,

Trenton,

Sir:
I have the honor to enclose a certified copy of a Resolution of Congress, entitled "Joint Resolution Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of the United States" passed during the second session of the Seventy-second Congress of the United States,...

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Act for providing for Election of Delegates

Senate, No. 284

State of New Jersey

An Act providing for the election of delegates to a convention and providing for the holding of a convention to consider the article of amendment, proposed by the Congress, to the Constitution of the United States designed to repeal the eighteenth article of amendment.

Whereas, The Senate and House of Represntatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled (two-thirds of each House concurring thererin) did resolved that the following article is hereby proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and puproses as a part of the Constitution when ratified by conventions in three-fourths of the several States; and Whereas, The said proposed amendment reads as follows:

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Board of State Canvassars Determination

           We do hereby Certify that the foregoing is a true, full and correct statement of the result of the election above mentioned, as the same is exhibited by the statements produced and laid before the Board of State Canvassers, according to law, and that the same exhibits the number of the names of the voters on the signature copy registers and register of voters, the poll books of the counties, respectively, and of the ballots rejected, the whole number of the names of the voters on the registry lists and signature copy books, the poll books of the several counties, the names of each person for whom any vote or votes were given, the number of votes given for each person in each county, and the whole number of votes given for each person for Delegate-at-Large to the State Convention, as they appear by the statements so produced and laid before the said Board.

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Statement of Election


For Repeal of the 18th Amendment

A Statement of the Result of the District Delegates Election Held on the 16th Day of May, 1933, to Elect District Delegates to the
State Convention.

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Proclamation Convening Congress

State of New Jersey
Executive Department

 -P R O C L A M A T I O N –

            WHEREAS, Pursuant to Chapter 73 of the Laws of 1933, an election was held on the sixteenth day of May 1933, for the election of delegates to the convention to consider the Article of Amendment proposed by the Congress to the Constitution of the United States, designed to repeal the Eighteenth Article of Amendment; and

            WHEREAS, Section 13 of said act requires the Governor of this State within twenty days after the holding of said election, by proclamation, to convene the said convention,

            THEREFORE, I, A. HARRY MOORE, Governor of the State of New Jersey, pursuant to the power and authority vested in me by said Act of the Legislature, do hereby convene the said convention to meet in the Memorial Building, Stacy Park, in the City of Trenton, on Thursday, the first day of June, next, at the hour of eleven o’clock in the forenoon of said day, (Eastern Standard Time).

Given under my hand and the Great
Seal of the State of New Jersey, this
twenty-second day of May, in the year
one thousand nine hundred and thirty-
three, and in the Independence of the
United States the one hundred and
fifty-seventh.

                                                                                    Governor,

/s/ A. Harry Moore

/s/ Thomas A. Mathis,
Secretary of State.

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Convention Proceedings

              In accordance with the proclamation of His Excellency, The Governor, A. Harry Moore, the Convention met in the Memorial Building, Stacy Park, City of Trenton, on Thursday, the first day of June, one thousand nine hundred and [thirty] three, at eleven o’clock A.M., (Eastern Standard Time).

              The Convention was called to order by His Excellency, A. Harry Moore, Governor of the State of New Jersey.

              The call of the Convention was read by the Honorable Thomas A. Mathis, Secretary of State, followed by the calling of the roll of delegates.

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Certificate of Convention

            WHEREAS, the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled (two-thirds of each House concurring therein) did resolve that the following article is hereby proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as a part of the Constitution when ratified by conventions in three-fourths of the several States: and,

            WHEREAS, the said proposed amendment reads as follows:

            Section 1.        The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.

            Section 2.        The transportation or importation into any State, territory, or possession of the United States for delivery or use therein of intoxicating liquors, in violation of the laws thereof is hereby prohibited.           

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Acknowledgement of Congress

The Speaker’s Rooms
House of Representatives U.S.
Washington, D.C.

June 5, 1933

Hon. Thomas A. Mathis,
Secretary of State,
Trenton, N.J.

Dear Sir:

                        I have for acknowledgement your communication of June 3, 1933, enclosing a certificate of the result of the vote of the Convention to consider the ratification of the repeal of the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

Very truly yours,

/s/ Henry T. Rainey

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