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Subject: Dec 7, 1787
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2005 19:38:57 EST
1787 The First State
In Dover, Delaware, the U.S. Constitution is unanimously ratified by all 30
delegates to the Delaware Constitutional Convention, making Delaware the
first state of the modern United States.
Less than four months before, the Constitution was signed by 37 of the
original 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention meeting in Philadelphia.
The Constitution was sent to the states for ratification, and, by the terms of
the document, the Constitution would become binding once nine of the former
13 colonies had ratified the document. Delaware led the process, and on June
21, 1788, New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify the Constitution,
making federal democracy the law of the land. Government under the U.S.
Constitution took effect on March 4, 1789.
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