The militia shall consist of all able-bodied male inhabitants of the State, between the ages of eighteen and forty-five years, except such as are exempted by law. This section was in the original constitution and has not been changed. Militias were a common feature in nineteenth-century American constitutions, as they were in the early history of western territories. While the Mormon church membership was settled in Nauvoo, Illinois, the city boasted a citizen militia called the Nauvoo Legion. As difficulties between the Mormons and other citizens of the area...
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