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The Original Thirteenth Article of Amendment
To The Constitution of the United States
 
Ratification And Notifications

This table presents the archival data on the means by which the States notified the Federal government of their decisions regarding the ratification of the 13th amendment.

STATE
RATIFIED
LETTER
FROM
CERTIFIED
BY
ADDRESSED
TO
RESOLUTION
SIGNED AND
CERTIFIED
POST
MARK
DATE OF
TRANS-
MISSION
STATE
DEPARTMENT
NOTATION
Maryland
December 25, 1810
Governor
Ninian
Pinkney
Secretary
of State
Clerks, House
& Senate,
Edward Lloyd,
Clerk, Court
of Appeals
4-5-11
NONE
13th Art.
Ratified
Kentucky
January 31, 1811
Governor
None
Speaker
of Senate
Speakers,
House &
Senate,
Governor
(approved),
Secretary*
2-10-11
2-20-11
13th Art.
Ratified. 1
Ohio
January 31, 1811
Governor
None
President
of Senate
Speakers,
House &
Senate,
Clerk
Senate,
Secretary
Of State
1-31-11
2-11-11
13th Art.
Ratified 2
Delaware
February 2, 1811
Secretary
Of State
Mr. Graham
Secretary
of State
2 unspecified
Clerks,
Clerk,House,
Secretary
Of State
8-30-14
None
None
 
(13th Art.
Ratified)
Pennsylvania
February 6, 1811
Governor
None
President,
of Senate,
Secretary
of State
Speakers, House
& Senate,
Governor
(approved),
Secretary
Of State
2-28-11
3-15-11
13th Art.
Ratified
Pennsylvania
Recd 28th March
New Jersey
February 13, 1811
Governor
None
Secretary
of State
Speaker of
the House,
President
of Senate,
Secretary
Of State,
Governor
2-18-11
Date of
Letter
None
13th Art.
Ratified
Vermont
October 24, 1811
Governor
None
President
of Senate
Clerk of House,
Secretary
of Senate,
Secretary
Of State
11-10-11
Date of
Letter
12-19-11
December
19th Read,
13th Art.
Ratified 3
Tennessee
November 21, 1811
Governor
None
Secretary
of State
Speakers,
House &
Senate,
Clerks,
House &
Senate
11-27-11
12-24-11
13th Art.
Ratified. 4
Georgia
November 22, 1811
Governor
None
President
Of Senate,
Secretary
of State
President
Of Senate,
Secretary,
Speaker Of
The House(again)
Clerk, House
(again)
Governor,
Secretary
Of State
1-4-12
2-10-12
Governor of
Georgia
4th Jany 1812
Amendment to
Constitution 5
North Carolina
December 23, 1811
Governor
Senator
U.S. President,
State Senator
Speakers
House &
Senate,
Secretary
Of State
1-17-12
1-17-12
1-22-12
Amendment to
the Constitution
13th Art Ratified 6
Massachusetts
February 27, 1812
 
None
 
 
 
 
 
New Hampshire
December 9, 1812
NH pg 99,
NH pg 100 - 101,
NH pg 102
Governor
None
President
Of Senate,
Speaker
of Senate
Speaker
Of Senate,
Governor
(approved),
Secretary
12-12-12
Date of
Letter
12-21-12
13th Art Ratified 7
New York
Rejected
March 12, 1812
Governor,
Clerk
forwarded)
Governor
Secretary
of State
None
5-8-13
5-8-13
13th Art Rejected
Connecticut
Rejected
May 13, 1813
Lieutenant
Governor
None
Secretary
of State
Secretary
1-23-18
None
Not Ratified
South Carolina
Tabled
No Action
Governor
None
Secretary
of State
Clerks, House &
Senate,
Chairman,
Select Committee
10-27-14
10-27-14 8
Not finally
acted upon.
13th, Rec'd
Governor Alston's
Letter of
27th Oct. 1814,
Rhode Island
Rejected
September 15, 1814
Governor
None
Secretary
of State
Secretary
9-15-14
None
Rejects
13th Art.
Virginia
March 12, 1819
Governor
Virginia Delivered The Revised Codes of 1819 to
President Monroe With the 13th Amendment Ratified;
Including 4 copies to the Secretary of State;
1 copy each to Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison;
1 copy each to both houses of Congress,
and to the Library of Congress
Not
Mentioned
See
State Dept.
Copy

Footnotes to Table

1. In the Senate, noted as read, ordered transmitted to the office of the Secretary for the department of state, attested by Sam A Otis Secretary

2. In the Senate, noted as read, resolved that it be transmitted to the office of the Secretary for the department of state, attested by Sam A Otis Secretary

3. In the Senate, noted as read.

4. Also, 12th Cong. 1st Sess. Noted as Read. The letter is addressed to the Secretary of State, but the transmittal notation is that of the Senate.

5. In the Senate, resolved to be transmitted to the office of the Secretary for the department of state together with resolutions of other states which have ratified, attested by Sam A Otis Secretary

6. 12th Cong. 1st Sess. Dated Jany 22d 1812. Noted as Read.

7. In the Senate, ordered transmitted to the office of the Secretary for the department of state, attested by Sam A Otis Secretary

8. The date noted appears to be taken from the letter, not as a receipt date.



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