December 07, 1787 : The First State

Introduction

In Dover, Delaware, the U.S. Constitution is unanimously ratified by all 30 delegates to the Delaware Constitutional Convention, making Delaware the first state of the modern United States.

Less than four months before, the Constitution was signed by 37 of the original 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention meeting in Philadelphia. The Constitution was sent to the states for ratification, and, by the terms of the document, the Constitution would become binding once nine of the former 13 colonies had ratified the document. Delaware led the process, and on June 21, 1788, New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify the Constitution, making federal democracy the law of the land. Government under the U.S. Constitution took effect on March 4, 1789.

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December 07, 1787 : The First State

  • Author

    History.com Staff

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    History.com

  • Year Published

    2010

  • Title

    December 07, 1787 : The First State

  • URL

    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/the-first-state

  • Access Date

    October 23, 2017

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    A+E Networks