Happy Constitution Day everyone!!
To begin our week of fun facts and quotes in honor of Constitution Week, we thought we’d start off with some dates to remember. In addition, since tomorrow is Sunday, we’ll be taking a break from posting, so we are posting extra today!
Fun Facts #1:
-The Constitution was signed, September 17, 1787.
– The Constitution became effective for the ratifying states on June 21, 1788 when New Hampshire was the ninth state to ratify it.
– The first Congress under the Constitution convened in New York City on March 4th, 1789.
– James Madison introduced the proposed Bill of Rights in the House of Representatives on June 8th, 1789.
– The U.S. Constitution was fully ratified on May 29th, 1790 when Rhode Island became the last state to ratify it.
– On December 15th, 1791, Virginia ratified the Bill of Rights and 10 of the 12 proposed amendments became part of the U.S. Constitution.
The 13 states accepted the new constitution in this order: Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, North Carolina and Rhode Island.
“Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion.”
— John Adams
Fun Facts #2:
The U.S. Constitution has 4,400 words. It is the oldest and shortest written Constitution of any major government in the world.
“The greatest threat to our Constitution is our own ignorance of it.”
– Jacob F. Roecker