Check Out These Fun Facts About the Constitution
Constitution Week is celebrated September 17-23. Here are some interesting facts that might pique your interests.
When delegates convened in Philadelphia in 1787, their intent was to only revise the Articles of Confederation, which was the existing constitution at the time. After discussions started, they decided to rewrite the entire document.
Neither John Adams nor Thomas Jefferson attended the Constitutional Convention and neither signed the document.
The U.S. Constitution is the shortest in the world. When completed in 1787, it totaled 4,400 words and was written on four pages. With amendments and signatures, the word total comes to 7,591.
It took 100 days during the summer of 1787 to complete the Constitution.
Despite the heat of summer, the delegates kept the windows closed in order to preserve secrecy.
The oldest delegate to the Constitutional Convention was 81 year old Benjamin Franklin. The youngest was Jonathan Dayton, who was only 27 years old.
In 1941 after the attack at Pearl Harbor, the original U.S. Constitution was transferred from Washington, D.C. to Fort Knox in Kentucky.
Today, the Constitution, along with the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence, are housed in the Rotunda of the National Archives Building in Washington, D.C.
It’s always beneficial to learn something new! At the Hunters Point Apartments in College Station, Texas, we love to provide you with thought-provoking facts that will make you reflect on different aspects of life.