After nearly a year’s worth of debate at both the national and state level, the United States Constitution passed the final hurdle to complete ratification on June 21, 1788 when the New Hampshire Convention of Delegates agreed to its provisions. Being the ninth state to do so, New Hampshire cast the deciding vote in the making of the world’s oldest constitution still in use.
The process of arriving at a document worthy for the intricate republic of the United States of America had been an exhaustive one. After the Articles of Confederation – the weak charter created during 1783 in the wake of the American War for Independence – showed itself to be untenable, Congress directed the government to convene and create a new constitution.
Beginning on May 25, 1787, the Framers convened at Independence Hall in Philadelphia – seven of them having been there for the signing of the Declaration of Independence some 11 years before. Their task this time was to formulate a strong central government under which the states might operate. …(Read more)