Charles T. Hancock collection  1943-1944
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The Barbourville Debating Society of Barbourville, Kentucky, ratified its first constitution on May 27, 1837, and adopted subsequent constitutions in each of the following 2 years. At each of the group's weekly meetings, four members debated a question (two arguing in the affirmative and two arguing in the negative), which was then put to a vote. The society continued to meet until at least 1839; its members included future United States Supreme Court Justice Samuel Freeman Miller.