Utah Constitution

In 1890, Church President Wilford Woodruff renounced polygamy in what would become known as the Manifesto, or Official Declaration 1. With the discontinuation of polygamy, conversations about Utah statehood re-emerged along with renewed hope for enfranchising women.

A constitutional convention held from March to May 1895 drafted a constitution for the state of Utah, which included women’s right to vote (see Article 4). When President Grover Cleveland proclaimed Utah the 45th state in the Union on January 4, 1896, local voting rights for women in Utah were restored. 

Online access provided by the Research Center for Utah State Archives and Utah State History and the J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah.