Constitution Week

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Constitution Week is September 17-23. This is an annual celebration to commemorate the adoption of the U.S. Constitution. The week was originally adopted by the American Congress of the Confederation on September 17, 1787 and was started by the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Here are some fun facts about our Constitution:

  • Two of our “founding fathers” did not sign the Constitution- Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. Jefferson was in France at the time, representing the U.S., and Adams was doing the same over in the UK.
  • There are multiple spelling errors in the Constitution, but “Pensylvania” stands out because it is directly above the signers’ names.

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  • George Washington and James Madison were the only presidents who signed the Constitution.
  • 42 delegates attended most of the meetings, but only 39 signed the Constitution. George Mason, Edmund Randolph, and Elbridge Gerry (of Massachusetts) did not sign, partly because the bill of rights was not yet included.
  • The U.S. Constitution is the shortest and oldest governing document of any nation. It contains only 7 articles and 27 amendments. The first 10 amendments are the “Bill of Rights.”
  • More than 11,000 amendments have been introduced to Congress, but only 27 have received the necessary approval from the states to become amendments.
  • James Madison was responsible for proposing the resolution to create the Cabinet positions within the Executive Branch and 12 amendments to the Constitution.

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