Kelsey`s constitution facts

Interesting facts about our U.S. Constitution:

1.) Our constitution is the oldest constitution of any major government in the entire world

2.) The U.S. constitution is made up of 4,400 words

3.) Thomas Jefferson and John Adams did not sign the constitution, they were both absent at the convention

4.) Jacob Shallus penned the constitution for $30

5.) Constitution Day is September 17th

6.) The four pages of the constitution are displayed in a titanium framed glass case in the National Archives building in Washington D.C.

7.) The constitution does not give the requirements for the right to vote so only male land owners were allowed to vote

8.) James Madison was the first to arrive in Philadelphia for the constituional convention

9.) only 39 of the 42 delegates that attended the meeting actually signed the constitution

10.) Patrick Henry was elected as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention but decided not too. He said he “smelled a rat”.

11.) Benjamin Franklin needed help signing the constitution because he has bad health at the time

12.) Gouverneur Morris was the person responsible for wording the constitution

13.) ” The United Sates of America” was first used in the Declaration of Independence

14.) It took 100 days to frame the constitution

15.) George Washington and James Madison were the only presidents to sign the constitution

16.) “democracy” actually does not appear in the constitution

17.) Even though Vermont was not a state yet, they ratified the constitution on January 10, 1791

18.) The delegates participated in debates from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. six days a week with only a 10 day break

19.) The Constitution contains 4,543 words including the signatures

20.) The first thirteen states that accepted the constitution were Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, North Carolina and Rhode Island.

By: Kelsey Pool

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