Celebrating Constitution Day Sept. 17, 1787

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Today we celebrate the founding document that has guided our nation for 231 years!

From May to July of 1787, twelve of the thirteen colonies (Rhode Island abstained) met at Independence Hall in Philadelphia to revise the Articles of Confederation.

Under the Articles of Confederation, the federal government lacked the proper authority to carry out some core functions of government such as conducting foreign relations and raising revenue. So, a new form of federal government needed to be created that would provide the proper authority while also protecting states’ rights.

After an additional two long months of intense debate, on September 17th, 1787, a total of 39 delegates signed the Constitution.

The Constitution established the foundation of America – now the longest running Constitutional Republic in the history of the world"