Founding Principles

Act of Congress Admitting Oregon to the Union

Approved on February 14, 1859, Oregon was recognized as having adopted a Constitution of state government which is republican in form, and in conformity with the Constitution of the United States and applied for admission into the Union on an equal footing with the other states.


The Oregon Constitution was framed by a convention of 60 delegates chosen by the people. The convention met on the third Monday in August 1857 and adjourned on September 18 of the same year. On November 9, 1857, the Constitution was approved by the vote of the people of Oregon Territory. The Act of Congress admitting Oregon into the Union was approved February 14, 1859, and on that date the Constitution went into effect


The Federal Convention convened in the State House (Independence Hall) in Philadelphia on May 14, 1787, to revise the Articles of Confederation. Because the delegations from only two states were at first present, the members adjourned from day to day until a quorum of seven states was obtained on May 25. Through discussion and debate it became clear by mid-June that, rather than amend the existing Articles, the Convention would draft an entirely new frame of government. All through the summer, in closed sessions, the delegates debated, and redrafted the articles of the new Constitution. Among the chief points at issue were how much power to allow the central government, how many representatives in Congress to allow each state, and how these representatives should be elected–directly by the people or by the state legislators. The work of many minds, the Constitution stands as a model of cooperative statesmanship and the art of compromise.

Founding Principles: 

From the very inception of our nation, the framers of the U.S. Constitution knew our fledgling Republic could not stand “without His aid.” So, while voices on the Left attempt to persuade our current generation that “We’re not a Christian nation,” we encourage you to read what the Founders had to say — in their own words. Enjoy, read and then share!

What Did The Founders Believe About Our Nation?

In Their Own Words