Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Fun Facts About the U.S. Constitution

The Constitution is the supreme law of the United States of America and lays out the framework for the organization of the United States government and for the relationship of the federal government with the states, citizens, and all people within the United States.

1. The original constitution was written on four sheets of vellum parchment, and is on display at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

2. The actual United State’s Constitution was adopted on September 17th, 1787 in Philadelphia at the National Convention. The father of the Constitution was a man named James Madison.

3. Established on November 26, 1789, the first national “Thanksgiving Day” was originally created by George Washington as a way of “giving thanks” for the Constitution.

4. The only grammatical error in the work of the penman is the incorrect use of an apostrophe in the progressive pronoun "its." The letters t and s are connected and the apostrophe is somewhat inconspicuous, leaving room for debate on whether it is an actual error or an errant mark.

5. Neither Thomas Jefferson nor John Adams signed the final Constitution. They were serving at the time as U.S. ministers to France and Great Britain, respectively.

6. The U.S. Constitution has 4,400 words.

7. The only other language used in various parts of the Constitution is Latin.

8. Rhode Island was the only recognized state at the time that was not represented by a delegate at the convention.