Ratifications of the Constitution of the United States

From Wikisource
Jump to: navigation, search
Ratifications of the Constitution of the United States
From Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution
The Constitution of the United States became established when New Hampshire became the ninth of the thirteen states to ratify it. Two states, North Carolina and Rhode Island, ratified after the new government had begun operating under the Constitution and twelve amendments, ten of which now make up the Bill of Rights, had been submitted by the Congress to the states for ratification. Additionally, a Constitutional Convention in Vermont, which at the time was a sovereign state, voted to ratify the Constitution and to apply for admission into the Union.

In order, the United States Constitution was ratified by:

  1. Delaware (December 7, 1787)
  2. Pennsylvania (December 12, 1787)
  3. New Jersey (December 18, 1787)
  4. Georgia (January 2, 1788)
  5. Connecticut (January 9, 1788)
  6. Massachusetts (February 6, 1788)
  7. Maryland (April 26, 1788)
  8. South Carolina (May 23, 1788)
  9. New Hampshire (June 21, 1788)
  10. Virginia (June 25, 1788)
  11. New York (July 26, 1788)
  12. North Carolina (November 21, 1789)
  13. Rhode Island (May 29, 1790)
  14. Vermont (January 10, 1791)