The United States Constitution was signed on September 17, 1787, by 39 of the 55 delegates of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia’s Independence Hall. For more than 50 years, Americans from across the nation have set aside this week to commemorate the importance of the event.
Quick Facts about the U.S. Constitution
- The U.S. Constitution has 4,440 words—the oldest and shortest of written constitutions worldwide.
- George Washington presided over the Constitutional Convention.
- It took 100 days to frame the Constitution.
- Thomas Jefferson and John Adams did not sign the Constitution because they were serving as American diplomats in France and England respectively.
- The oldest delegate to sign the Constitution was Benjamin Franklin, at age 81. The youngest was Jonathan Dayton of New Jersey, at age 26.
- The first ten amendments to the Constitution are called the Bill of Rights.
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Preamble to the U.S. Constitution
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 America.