On this day in 1846, Iowa becomes the 29th state in the Union.

First, here is the Preamble of the Constitution of the State of Iowa:

“WE THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF IOWA, grateful to the Supreme Being for the blessings hitherto enjoyed, and feeling our dependence on Him for a continuation of those blessings, do ordain and establish a free and independent government, by the name of the State of Iowa…”

Liberty and Rights

The State Motto, on the flag and State Seal, is “Our Liberties We Prize and Our Rights We Will Maintain.”


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