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James W. Halfhill papers

Call Number: RH MS 195


James W. Halfhill's papers relating to the Fourth Ohio Constitutional Convention, convened in Columbus, Ohio, January, 1912.


  • Creation: January, 1912


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Biography of James W. Halfhill and the Fourth Ohio Constitutional Convention

Halfhill, an attorney, was elected a delegate to the Ohio Constitutional Convention from Allen County, Ohio. During the course of the convention he published "press letters," news releases to keep his constituency informed of the convention's deliberations and his role in the convention. The fourth Ohio Constitution Convention convened in Columbus in 1912 to modernize the constitution adopted in 1851. Although a new constitution was not framed, forty-one amendments were submitted to the voters of the state. Eight of these proposal, including those sanctioning women suffrage and the abolition of capital punishment failed to be adopted. The voters did approve the initiative and referendum proposal, the direct primary, and the merit principle in the state civil service. Workingmen's compensation, and the regulation of working hours, health conditions and wages, were also sanctioned.


1 box (15 folders (400 items))

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Scope and Contents

The collection, which contains James Halfhill's platform, his press releases on the work of the convention, and his speeches, is arranged by subjects. Approximately 400 items in one box make up the collection.

Physical Location

RH MS 195

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, R.Co. Hayman (Cat.57, p.65), 1974.

Guide to the James W. Halfhill Collection
James W. Halfhill papers
lgg 21 May 76; mg 2004
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Preferred citation
James W. Halfhill Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 195 , Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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