Constitution Day: 222nd Anniversary of the Signing of the US Constitution

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Today, the United States celebrates “Constitution Day” – the 222nd anniversary of the signing of the US Constitution. From our brand new subject, Shmoop Civics, we cooked up some Constitution-flavored snacks for your hungry brains.

  • Ben Franklin was the oldest delegate to the Constitutional Convention (aged 87). Jonathan Dayton of New Jersey was the youngest (27).
  • During WWII, the Constitution was moved to Fort Knox for safekeeping.
  • The US Constitution is both the oldest and shortest constitution used by any representative government in the world today. India’s constitution is 25 times longer.
  • The original copy of the Constitution was handwritten on just four big sheets of paper.
  • Rhode Island boycotted the Constitutional Convention entirely and did not have a representative sign the document

Check out the Constitution unit in Shmoop Civics for more Constitution trivia, plus deep analysis, dates, quotes, and our section-by-section Constitution summary.

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