We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

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The drafting of the Constitution actually began as a meeting of the Federal Convention in May of 1787 to revise the Articles of Confederation.  At first, only two states were present and members had to adjourned until a quorum of at least seven states was obtained in late May.  By mid-June, after much debate, it was decided that a new Constitution of Government needed to be put into place, rather than to ratify the existing Articles. It wasn't until September 17th, 1787 that the Constitution was agreed upon and signed by Delegates. The Constitution was ratified in 1788, and put into place by 1789. It is the longest standing written framework for Government.  It’s purpose it to ensure that the Government exist for the people, and to ensure it is empowered only through the representatives elected by the people.

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Delegates To The Constitutional Convention:

Connecticut  Delaware  Georgia  Maryland  Massachusetts
New Hampshire  New Jersey  New York  North Carolina
Pennsylvania  South Carolina  Virginia
(Rhode Island Did Not Send Delegates)

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The Assembly Room at Independence Hall where on September 17th, 
1787, The Constitution Convention adopted the Constitution