Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men on September 17, 1787, recognizing all who, are born in the U.S. or by naturalization, have become citizens.
|George Washington was the commander of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War and served as the first President of the United States of America.|
|Benjamin Franklin was a noted polymath, leading author and printer, satirist, political theorist, politician, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat.|
|Alexander Hamilton was the first United States Secretary of the Treasury, a Founding Father, economist, political philosopher and led calls for the Philadelphia Convention.|
- The U.S. Constitution has 4,400 words. It is the oldest and shortest written Constitution of any major government in the world.
- Of the spelling errors in the Constitution, “Pensylvania” above the signers’ names is probably the most glaring.
- Thomas Jefferson did not sign the Constitution. He was in France during the Convention, where he served as the U.S. minister. John Adams was serving as the U.S. minister to Great Britain during the Constitutional Convention and did not attend either.
- Since 1952, the Constitution has been on display in the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. Currently, all four pages are displayed behind protective glass framed with titanium. To preserve the parchment’s quality, the cases contain argon gas and are kept at 67 degrees Fahrenheit with a relative humidity of 40 percent.
- When it came time for the states to ratify the Constitution, the lack of any bill of rights was the primary sticking point.
- Because of his poor health, Benjamin Franklin needed help to sign the Constitution. As he did so, tears streamed down his face.
- The oldest person to sign the Constitution was Benjamin Franklin (81). The youngest was Jonathan Dayton of New Jersey (26).
- When the Constitution was signed, the United States’ population was 4 million. It is now more than 321 million. Philadelphia was the nation’s largest city, with 40,000 inhabitants.
- George Washington and James Madison were the only presidents who signed the Constitution.
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(Constitution Day Flyer)