September 12, 2008 — Wednesday, September 17, 2008 is Constitution Day, a national holiday commemorating the signing of the United States Constitution.

Two hundred fifteen years ago on September 17, 1787, the final draft of the Constitution was signed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Although it would be almost a year before the Constitution was ratified by the required nine out of thirteen states (June 21, 1788), this date marks a milestone in our country’s history. On this date, the core principles upon which this nation was built were laid out in a single document, a document which has become the oldest enduring written national constitution in the world (The White House ).

In the coming days we ask that you take a few moments to reflect on this historic event and reacquaint yourselves with our Constitution and reflect upon its importance in our lives as individuals and as a nation. In observance of this national celebration, Cortiva would like to invite you to download your very own copy of the Constitution of the United States.

Check out these fascinating facts about our Constitution:

  • The U.S. Constitution has 4,400 words. It is the oldest and shortest written Constitution of any major government in the world.
  • Of the spelling errors in the Constitution, “Pennsylvania” above the signers’ names is probably the most glaring.
  • Because of his poor health, Benjamin Franklin needed help to sign the Constitution. As he did so, tears streamed down his face.
  • The oldest person to sign the Constitution was Benjamin Franklin (81). The youngest was Jonathan Dayton of New Jersey (26).
  • The first time the formal term “The United States of America” was used was in the Declaration of Independence.
  • There was initially a question as to how to address the President. The Senate proposed that he be addressed as “His Highness the President of the United States of America and Protector of their Liberties.” Both the House of Representatives and the Senate compromised on the use of “President of the United States.”

These fascinating facts and many more shed light on the history and making of our Constitution. Other valuable resources and information on our Constitution can be found at: The National Archives Experience, The United States Senate, and The National Constitution Center.