Ten facts about the United States Constitution

Ten facts about the United States Constitution

Posted: Updated:

Today is National Constitution Day, marking the 232nd anniversary of the U.S. Constitution. Here are 10 things you may not know about how our constitution came to be. 

1. It was hot in there

The summer of 1787 was a very humid one in Philadelphia and all of the doors and windows were closed so there would be no eavesdroppers. Couple that with the thick garments of the time and the framers were probably awfully sweaty. 

2. Benjamin Franklin had to be carried in 

Franklin, who was 81 at the time, was withering in pain and could barely stand throughout the proceedings. 

3. Farmers were underrepresented 

At the time America was a country of farming but only one of the 55 delegates was a farmer. Thirty-four were lawyers. 

4. The Electoral College was very controversial

It took 60 rounds of balloting to finally pass. 

5. The Constitution cost $30 to write 

Jacob Shallus, the Pennsylvania General Assembly assistant clerk was paid for his penmanship 

6. Thomas Jefferson never signed it 

He was in Paris at the time. John Adams also never signed it. George Washington and James Madison were the only two Presidents to sign the constitution. 

7. Pennsylvania is misspelled 

There are some other spelling errors but this one is widely regarded as the most glaring. 

8. The youngest delegate was 26 

It was John Dayton of New Jersey. Franklin was the oldest. 

9. James Madison was the only one to attend every meeting 

He took detailed notes on each one too and kept them in a journal. 

10. The Constitution contains 4,543 words

In total, its four large sheets of paper. 

  

  • NEWSMore>>

  • New tech tools helping New Mexico count secretive cougars

    New tech tools helping New Mexico count secretive cougars

    Wednesday, October 23 2019 4:44 PM EDT2019-10-23 20:44:34 GMT

    LINCOLN NATIONAL FOREST, N.M. (AP) — New technology is allowing New Mexico to estimate its elusive cougar population more accurately, state wildlife officials say. 

    LINCOLN NATIONAL FOREST, N.M. (AP) — New technology is allowing New Mexico to estimate its elusive cougar population more accurately, state wildlife officials say. 

  • Publix offering Veteran's Day discount

    Publix offering Veteran's Day discount

    Wednesday, October 23 2019 4:18 PM EDT2019-10-23 20:18:19 GMT

    Southeastern grocery chain Publix is offering a 10 percent discount to veterans, active military personnel and their families on Nov. 11.  

    Southeastern grocery chain Publix is offering a 10 percent discount to veterans, active military personnel and their families on Nov. 11.  

  • Hurricane Michael left lasting impact on Southeast

    Hurricane Michael left lasting impact on Southeast

    Wednesday, October 23 2019 4:17 PM EDT2019-10-23 20:17:27 GMT

    Hurricane Michael left a lasting mark on agriculture in the Southeast, with pecan tree's ripped from their roots, and peanuts destroyed by pounding rains. The Georgia Farm Monitor's John Holcomb spent time with producers who are still picking up the pieces one year later.

    Hurricane Michael left a lasting mark on agriculture in the Southeast, with pecan tree's ripped from their roots, and peanuts destroyed by pounding rains. The Georgia Farm Monitor's John Holcomb spent time with producers who are still picking up the pieces one year later.

Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2019 Frankly and RFDTV. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service , and Ad Choices .