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Transcript of Constitution Day
May 9, 1787:
May 13, 1787:
George Washington left
Mount Vernon for
Philadelphia to attend the
George Washington arrives in Philadelphia
The Convention Began
May 25, 1787: The Constitutional Convention Began
George Washington was unanimously elected as the President of the Convention.
"I have often looked at
that behind the president without being able to
tell whether it was rising or setting. But now I... know that it is a rising...sun." Benjamin Franklin
As president of the Convention Washington sat in this chair, made in 1779 by John Folwell
The Convention was held at the Philadelphia State House, known today as Independence Hall Both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were signed in this building.
Then and Now
Number of Amendments
- 0, The Bill of Rights was enacted in 1789; 10 Amendments made up the Bill of Rights
Number of States - 13 States ratified the Constitution between 1789 and 1790
Number of Delegates - 55 Delegates attended the Convention
Number of Amendments - 27
Number of States - 50
Number of Delegates - 100 Members of Senate, 435 Members of the House of Representatives
Signing the Constitution
The United States Constitution was signed on September 17, 1787.
Today we celebrate Constitution Day as a reminder of the great achievements of the men who for three months debated the Constitution which has been upheld for over 200 years.
George Washington's Acts of Congress
On June 22, 2012, The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association of purchased George Washington's copy of the Acts of Congress. This personalized copy bound and embossed with the
"President of the United States." It contains
the United States Constitution, the proposed
Bill of Rights, and the legislative acts
adopted by the first Congress.
acquired the book soon after taking the Oath of Office on
April 30, 1789 at Federal Hall in
New York City.
Washington rarely wrote in his books, often preferring to take notes on separate pieces of paper; however, the copy includes personal notes written by Washington throughout the text.
These notations appear in a various locations next
to the text of the Constitution. Each note refers to
the duties of the President and identifies
sections where Washington believed the
President should hold authority.
Washington affixed his bookplate on the inside front cover. The bookplate shows the Washington family Coat of Arms, which inspired the flag for Washington, D.C.