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Constitution Day: Introduction

Resources for celebrating the U.S. Constitution.

Quote

"The Framers gave us a document durable and flexible enough to take us from the agrarian land of the 18th century, of the musket, the axe and the plow-to the country we know today, of the Internet and the human genome and a thousand different cultures living together in one nation like a glittering mosaic." 
- Michael Beschloss at the ceremony to unveil page two of the Constitution in its new encasement, September 15, 2000, in the Rotunda of the National Archives Building, Washington, D.C.

Constitution Day Facts

34 Continental Congress Delegates signed the United States Constitution, per the U.S. House of Representatives' History, Art, and Archives

[Georgia ratified it on January 2, 1788, per GPO's Ben's Guide to U.S. Government

A total of 39 delegates signed the Constitution on September 17, 1787.

Not all the convention delegates approved the final product; 16 chose not to sign the Constitution in September 1787.

The five signatories who signed the Constitution but did not serve in the Continental Congress are Richard Bassett of Delaware, Jacob Broom of Delaware, John Blair of Virginia, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney of South Carolina, and David Brearley of New Jersey.

A Dialogue with Madison and Mason

Constitution Day Links

Guide Author

This Guide was created and expertly developed by Mary Axford, INTA librarian at GT, who passed away in 2015. Updated and maintained by Patricia Kenly.