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Constitution of the United States: Games and Fun Facts

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  • On May 25,1787 the Constitutional Convention opened at the Pennsylvania State House in Philadelphia, with a seven-state quorum to discuss revising the Articles of Confederation.
  • All 13 original states, with the exception of Rhode Island, were represented.
  • It took 100 days to frame the Constitution; it was signed on September 17, 1787.
  • At 81, Benjamin Franklin was the oldest and at 26, Jonathan Dayton, the youngest to sign the Constitution.
  • George Washington and James Madison were the only presidents to sign the Constitution.
  • All 12 state delegations approved the Constitution, 39 delegates of the 42 present signed it and the Convention formally adjourned.
  • The Constitution contains 4,543 words, including the signatures, and has four sheets, 28-3/4" x 23-5/8". It contains 7,591 words, including the 27 amendments.
  • The word “democracy” never appears in the Constitution.
  • Delaware was the first to ratify the Constitution  on December 7, 1787 and Rhode Island lthe ast on May 29, 1790.

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