The U.S. Constitution is 229 years old today. On Sept. 17, 1787, our Founding Fathers signed the Constitution at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, forging a new government for the United States.
When was the Constitution adopted and signed?
It was signed on September 17, 1787, by delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. Under America's first governing document, the Articles of Confederation, the national government was weak and states operated like independent countries.
Amendment Summary: 27 Updates to the U.S. Constitution
|2nd||1791||Right to Bear Arms|
|3rd||1791||Quartering of Soldiers|
|4th||1791||Search and Seizure|
|5th||1791||Grand Jury, Double Jeopardy, Self-Incrimination, Due Process|
Ten of the proposed 12 amendments were ratified by three-fourths of the state legislatures on December 15, 1791. The ratified Articles (Articles 3–12) constitute the first 10 amendments of the Constitution, or the U.S. Bill of Rights.
Twenty-seven of these, having been ratified by the requisite number of states, are part of the Constitution. The first ten amendments were adopted and ratified simultaneously and are known collectively as the Bill of Rights.
Our US Constitution
|When was the Constitution signed?||September 17, 1787|
|How many individuals signed the Constitution?||Thirty-nine|
|How many “Articles” are there in the Constitution?||Seven|
|Which state had the most signers to the Constitution?||Pennsylvania|
James Madison, also present, wrote the document that formed the model for the Constitution. Other U.S. Founding Fathers were not there, but made significant contributions in other ways. Thomas Jefferson, who wrote the Declaration of Independence, was serving as ambassador to France at the time of the Convention.
The Constitution of the United States established America's national government and fundamental laws, and guaranteed certain basic rights for its citizens. It was signed on September 17, 1787, by delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.
James Madison is known as the Father of the Constitution because of his pivotal role in the document's drafting as well as its ratification. Madison also drafted the first 10 amendments -- the Bill of Rights.
The Fourteenth Amendment (Amendment XIV) to the United States Constitution was adopted on July 9, 1868, as one of the Reconstruction Amendments. The amendment addresses citizenship rights and equal protection of the laws and was proposed in response to issues related to former slaves following the American Civil War.
On June 21, 1788, New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify; and the Confederation Congress established March 4, 1789, as the date to begin operating a new government under the Constitution.
Instead, on September 28, Congress directed the state legislatures to call ratification conventions in each state. Article VII stipulated that nine states had to ratify the Constitution for it to go into effect.
We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of
The Constitution provides that an amendment may be proposed either by the Congress with a two-thirds majority vote in both the House of Representatives and the Senate or by a constitutional convention called for by two-thirds of the State legislatures.
How Many Amendments to the Constitution? As of February of 2011, 27 Constitutional Amendments currently exist; the first Amendment to the Constitution was adopted on September 25th, 1789 – the most recent Amendment to the Constitution was adopted on May 5th – 7th of 1992.
After two more months of intense debates and revisions, the delegates produced the document we now know as the Constitution, which expanded the power of the central government while protecting the prerogatives of the states. A total of 39 delegates signed the Constitution on September 17, 1787.
Constitution, United States. A document that embodies the fundamental laws and principles by which the United States is governed. It was drafted by the Constitutional Convention and later supplemented by the Bill of Rights and other amendments.
The Second Amendment (Amendment II) to the United States Constitution protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms and was adopted on December 15, 1791, as part of the first ten amendments contained in the Bill of Rights.
- Amendment 1. Freedom of speech, press, religion, assembly, and petition.
- Amendment 2. Right to bear arms.
- Amendment 3. Citizens do not have to house soldiers.
- Amendment 4. No unreasonable search or arrest.
- Amendment 5. No double jeopardy or no witness against yourself.
- Amendment 6.
- Amendment 7.
- Amendment 8.