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History was made and a state was born when President James Madison admitted Indiana into the Union as the 19th state on Dec. 11, 1816.

While Indiana was not officially a state until December, state delegates began constructing the state’s constitution in May 1816 at the then-state-capitol of Corydon.

Several of the 43 delegates resided in what is now State Senate District 48.

District 48 State Seantor Mark Messmer of Jasper notes that these 43 men crafted the document that established our state’s form of government. Messmer points out that the document was written in the heat of summer under the shade of a giant elm tree, which is now known as the Constitutional Elm…..

Messmer encouraged all residents to take some time this past weekend to celebrate the state’s birthday and visit to learn more about bicentennial programs throughout the state.

As always, you can contact Messmer’s office directly with your questions and concerns by email at or by phone at 800-382-9467.

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