The United States Constitution is the oldest written constitution in the world that is still in use. It was adopted on September 17, 1787 and has been amended 27 times to deal with issues such as freedom of speech and slavery.
- It has 4,440 words making it the shortest written constitution.
- Pennsylvania was misspelled as “Pensylvania.”
- The word “democracy” does not appear on the document.
- At 26-year-old, Jonathan Dayton was the youngest signatory while Benjamin Franklin was 81 years old, making him the oldest.
- Both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were out of state and did not sign the Constitution.
- “Bundle of Compromises” is another name for this document.
- Rhode Island was the only “original colony” that did not take part in the Constitution’s writing.
- Thirty-four out of the fifty-five signatories were either lawyers or studied the law.
Smithsonian Institution, Timelines of History, New York: Dorling Kindersley, 2011, 272.