June 6, 1865

The Drake Constitution is ratified. The new Missouri state constitution had provisions that were at odds with the US Constitution. Among the most controversial was introduced by radical Charles Drake, requiring citizens to take a loyalty oath—swearing that they had never supported the Confederacy—before they would be allowed to vote, work in any of several occupations, or sit on a jury. The US Supreme Court struck down the 1865 Missouri Constitution two years later.

Based upon content from the book Missouri 365: This Day in Missouri History by John W. Brown, broadcaster and Missouri historian. Get your copy at Reedy Press.