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Notification of the Ratification of the 17th Amendment to the Constitution, May 31, 1913

Notification of the Ratification of the 17th Amendment to the Constitution, May 31, 1913

Populist leader William Jennings Bryan had been a long time supporter of direct election. As Secretary of State in 1913, he announced via this notification that three-quarters of the states had ratified the proposed amendment for direct election of senators, and therefore it “had become valid to all intents and purposes as a part of the Constitution of the United States.”

Various Papers of the 63rd Congress (SEN 63-M4) Records of the U.S. Senate, RG 46

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