Constitution of 1865

In October 1865, delegates convened to reestablish Florida as part of the United States by revoking the state’s Ordinance of Secession and passing a new state constitution. The state remained under martial law, however, and Congress refused to seat legislators from the former Confederate states until more stringent requirements were met. Florida ultimately scrapped the Constitution of 1865 in favor of a new version created in 1868.

Constitution of 1865


the Twenty-Sixth District; the counties of Hillsborough and Manatee shall compose the Twenty-Seventh District; the counties of Polk and Brevard shall compose the Twenty-Eighth District; and the counties of Monroe and Dade shall compose the Twenty-Ninth District; and each Senatorial District shall be entitled to one Senator.



Section 1. The proceeds of all lands for the use of Schools and a Seminary or Seminaries of Learning shall be and remain a perpetual fund, the interest of which, together with all monies accrued from any other source, applicable to the same object, shall be inviolably appropriated to the use of Schools and Seminaries of Learning, respectively, and to no other purpose.

Section 2. The General Assembly shall take such measures as may be necessary to preserve from waste or damage all lands so granted and appropriated for the purpose of Education.


Public Domain and Internal Improvement.

Section 1. It shall be the duty of the General Assembly to provide for the