Did you Know...?
The Constitution is the document that created the present
government of the United States.
Fifty-five delegates convened in Philadelphia's Independence
Hall for the Constitutional Convention on May 25, 1787 to design the new
United States government.
Twelve states sent their smartest, most experienced men to
the meeting, but Rhode Island, fearing federal intervention in state affairs,
sent no one.
New York lawyer Gouverneur Morris took on the task of penning
He used records that James Madison of Virginia kept from
the debates at the Convention.
James Madison also designed the checks and balances among
Congress, the President, and the Supreme Court. He became known as
"Father of the Constitution."
The original document, drafted by Morris, is preserved in
the National Archives Building in Washington, D. C.
George Washington presided over the Convention, which
lasted from May, 1787 until September 17, 1787. The Constitution went into
effect on the first Wednesday in March, 1789 after being ratified by New
Hampshire, the ninth state to approve, on June 21, 1788.
Photo Found: http://www.bu.edu/bufellow/madison.htm
Information Found: Nelson, Rebecca, Editor The Handy
History Answer book, Michigan: Visible Ink Press, 1999