On September 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had created. Little did they know, this document would still be the supreme law of the land 227 years later.
CSU encourages alumni and students to learn more about our Constitution and government and celebrate Constitution Day today.
Did You Know…
-The Constitution we now know was originally called “The Articles of the Confederation.”
-It took one hundred days to actually “frame” the Constitution.
-Besides English, one other language was used in the document—Latin.
-Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania was known as the “Sage of the Constitutional Convention.” He was also the mediator at the convention and often counseled that “we are here to consult, not to contend.”
-George Washington and James Madison were the only presidents who signed the Constitution.
-The youngest was Jonathan Dayton of New Jersey (26).The oldest person to sign the Constitution was Benjamin Franklin (81). Because of his poor health, Franklin needed help to sign the Constitution. As he did so, tears streamed down his face.
You can learn more about this vital document of U.S. freedoms at www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution.html.
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