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Constitution Day Rocks!

Janet Foerster
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UHV Student Life

on 17 September 2012

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Transcript of Constitution Day Rocks!

Constitution Day Rocks! The most glaring spelling error in the Constitution would be “Pensylvania” above the signers’ names. And out of those 4,400 words... The U.S. Constitution has 4,400 words. It is the oldest and shortest written Constitution of any major government in the world. Did you know... Thomas Jefferson did not sign the Constitution. He was in France during the Convention, where he served as the U.S. minister. John Adams was serving as the U.S. minister to Great Britain during the Constitutional Convention and did not attend either. Of those who signed... The Constitution was “penned” by Jacob Shallus, A Pennsylvania General Assembly clerk, for $30 ($726 today!). The oldest person to sign the Constitution was Benjamin Franklin (81). The youngest was Jonathan Dayton of New Jersey (26). Because of his poor health, Benjamin Franklin needed help to sign the Constitution. As he did so, tears streamed down his face. One of the amendments in the original Bill of Rights that the states considered was a requirement that each representative in the House of Representatives only represent 50,000 people. It did not pass and that is a good thing because that would mean today that we would 5,990 representatives! 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. When the Constitution was signed, the United States’ population was 4 million. It is now more than 309 million. Philadelphia was the nation’s largest city, with 40,000 inhabitants. The first time the formal term “The United States of America” was used was in the Declaration of Independence. It took 100 days to actually “frame” the Constitution. George Washington and James Madison were the only presidents who signed the Constitution. There was initially a question as to how to address the President. The Senate proposed that he be addressed as “His Highness the President of the United States of America and Protector of their Liberties.” Both the House of Representatives and the Senate compromised on the use of “President of the United States.” The word “democracy” does not appear once in the Constitution. The election of George Washington as the first President under the Constitution was not really “unanimous”. In actuality, two electors from Virginia and two electors from Maryland did not vote. New York was entitled to eight electoral votes but the state legislature could not decide how these electors would be chosen, so the state of New York officially did not vote for the President. The electoral vote in 1789 should have totaled 81 but only 69 votes were cast.
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