A New Beginning

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The 1792 Delaware Constitution. Delaware’s first state constitution after the United States was formed in 1789

A New Beginning

As the first state in the newly born United States of America, Delaware decided to follow the Federal Government’s lead and create a new Constitution for the State. In November 1791, Delaware’s Constitutional Convention met in Dover to begin work on the new Constitution. The convention deliberated until the end of December when a draft of the Constitution was submitted to the General Assembly. In the 1792 State Constitution, the chief executive was given more power and the title changed from "President" to "Governor." In addition, the new constitution, for the first time, granted non-property owning white adult makes the right to vote. The Delaware Constitution of 1792 served the state until 1831 when a new State Constitution was written.