Constitution Week is Sept. 17-23 every year. This year, the Constitution of the United States of America is 232 years old! Our Constitution is the oldest and the shortest of all written constitutions around the world. And several other countries have based their constitutions off of ours! Here are a few things you may not have known about our Constitution.
Independence Hall in Pennsylvania is where the Constitution was written. It is also where the Declaration of Independence was signed and where George Washington received his commission as Commander of the Army. It was originally the Pennsylvania State House.
Even though it was written in 1787, the Constitution wasn’t ratified by the necessary 9 states until 1788.
There were 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention. Of those 55, 39 signed the Constitution while 3 delegates dissented. Thomas Jefferson was the ambassador to France and John Adams was ambassador to Great Britain at the time of the signing of the Constitution; therefore, they were unable to sign the document that meant so much to them.
The first national ‘Thanksgiving Day’ was created by George Washington on November 26, 1789. It was to ‘give thanks’ for the Constitution.
Ben Franklin at 81, was the oldest delegate. At 26, Jonathon Dayton was the youngest.
The original Constitution is on display at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. It was moved to Fort Knox for safekeeping when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.
More than 11,000 amendments have been introduced in Congress. 33 have gone to the states to be ratified. Only 27 have received the necessary approval from the states to actually become amendments to the Constitution.
To learn more about our Constitution, or to READ our Constitution, just enter ‘U.S. Constitution’ in your favorite search engine.