Today marks the 227th anniversary of the signing of one of the most famous and important documents in American history: the Constitution of the United States.
So in honor of the signing of the Constitution, here are some fun facts about the document and signing:
--Of the spelling errors in the Constitution, “Pensylvania” next to the signers’ names is probably the most glaring.
--The U.S. Constitution has 4,400 words. It is the oldest and shortest written Constitution of any major government in the world.
--The Constitution was “penned” by Jacob Shallus, A Pennsylvania General Assembly clerk, for $30 ($726 today).
--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.
--George Washington and James Madison were the only presidents who signed the Constitution.
--The Constitution contains 4,543 words, including the signatures and has four sheets, 28-3/4 inches by 23-5/8 inches each. It contains 7,591 words including the 27 amendments.
--The national government spent $4.3 million during the first session of Congress from 1789-1791. During the last year that George Washington was President of the United States (1796-1797), the entire cost of running the federal government was $5,727,000.
--The only other language used in various parts of the Constitution is Latin.
And don't forget that there is a Constitution Day event in room 7006 ABC from noon-1pm today.#ConstitutionDay2014