United States Constitution Created 228 Years Ago
Constitution Day is an important day that often goes overlooked. This important document is celebrating its 228th year of existence. On September 17, 1787, the delegates of the Constitutional Convention met to sign the document they had created. To this day, the United States Constitution is considered the oldest constitution presently in existence. Here’s what we can learn about this sacred document that set the path for the United States.
- It took four months, around 100 days, during the sweltering summer to meet and “form a more perfect union.” These hardworking men only took 10 days off.
- The very first line of the Constitution, “We the People of the United States” was a late change. The preamble originally began as “We the people of the State of New Hampshire, Massachusetts…”
- The Constitution has only been changed 17 times since 1791.
- It is the shortest written Constitution of any major government in the world.
- The document was actually prepared in secret behind closed doors. To ensure secrecy, the windows even remained closed as they discussed and debated.
- 39 men out of 55 men actually signed the Constitution.
- The Constitution was “penned” by Jacob Shallus, A Pennsylvania General Assembly clerk, for $30.
- With the constitution being handwritten, there was no spell check in 1787, there are a few spelling errors found in the original document.
- It serves as an instruction manual for the American government.
The United States Constitution is the foundation for our current government to date. It serves as the supreme law of the United States.
To read the United States Constitution that still serves our country today, visit the United States Government archives website.