A lawyer and activist who, with his followers in 1840, formed a group of called the "People's Party," held a convention, drafted a new constitution for the state of Rhode Island, and submitted it to popular vote. It was approved, and so the Dorites began to set up a new govt. with him as governor. The existing legislature rejected the Dorites's constitutions legitimacy. So, in 1842, two govts. were claiming to be the real power in Rhode Island. The old state govt. began to claim him and his followers as rebels and began to imprison them. The Dorrites then made an inaffectual effort to capture the state arsenal, this was known as The Dorr Rebellion. It quickly failed, but its episode helped spur the old guard to draft a new constitution for the state of Rhode Island that greatly expanded the suffrage because in the 1830s, the constitution there banned more than half of the adult white males from voting.