Ten Interesting Facts . . .The US Constitution

Ten Interesting Facts . . . .
The U.S. Constitution

1. Philadelphia

Pennsylvania State House

The Constitutional Convention was held in Philadelphia from May 25 to September 17, 1787. At this time, Philadelphia was the largest city in North America. The population was 40,000 people. The city had 7,000 street lamps, 33 churches, 10 newspapers, and a university. Delegates met in the Pennsylvania State House. George Washington was appointed the Commander of the Continental Army at this site. The Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia in 1776. The Articles of Confederation was adopted in 1781 here as well.

2. James Madison

James Madison is known as “the Father of the Constitution.” He came to the Constitutional Convention with the blueprint for the new Constitution.

James Madison

3. Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin was 81 years old when the Constitution was signed. His mind was active, yet he was in poor health. Four prisoners from the Walnut Street Jail had to carry him to the Convention Hall in a sedan chair. When leaving the Pennsylvania State House after the final meeting on September 17, 1787 he was asked about the new government. Franklin replied, “A republic, madam, If you can keep it.” Franklin died on April 17, 1790.

4. Signers

Only 39 of the 42 delegates signed the Constitution. The men who refused did so because the Constitution lacked a bill of rights.


5. Presidents


George Washington and James Madison were the only Presidents to sign the Constitution.

James Madison, the “Father of the Constitution,” is on the $5,000 bill.


6. Our Founding Fathers

Of the 55 delegates who attended the Constitutional Convention, 34 were lawyers. Thirty-nine were former Congressmen. Eight were present or past governors.



7. The Size 

We the People

The Constitution has 4,543 words. It was written on four sheets of paper.


8. Americans

Four signers were born in Ireland.


9. Thanksgiving


The first national Thanksgiving Day was established on November 26, 1789. George Washington proclaimed the holiday as a way of giving thanks for the new Constitution.

10. Preserving  the Constitution

The Constitution is on display in the National Archives Building in Washington, D. C. It is behind protective glass framed with titanium. The case is filled with argon gas and is kept at 67 degrees Fahrenheit with a relative humidity of 40 percent.


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    • Julissa on September 14, 2014 at 8:55 am

    There is no link to take you to the printable graphic organizer or article. Am I supposed to click somewhere? Thanks for the great resources!

    • Jeannie on September 14, 2014 at 11:57 pm


    Your two Constitution and preamble graphic organizers for interactive journals are intriguing. The site says print free but I cannot find a link to download. Can I find your activity on another site?

    Thank you for sharing,

    Jeannie Pace
    Tijeras, NM

  1. The links are now working.

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