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March 12 1812: New York Rejects Constitutional Amendment

On March 12, 1812, the Titles of Nobility Amendment to the American Constitution was rejected by the State of New York. The amendment was never ratified. The text of the proposed constitutional amendment read as folllows:
If any citizen of the United States shall accept, claim, receive or retain, any title of nobility or honour, or shall, without the consent of Congress, accept and retain any present, pension, office or emolument of any kind whatever, from any emperor, king, prince or foreign power, such person shall cease to be a citizen of the United States, and shall be incapable of holding any office of trust or profit under them, or either of them.

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