Interesting Facts about the Constitution

Over at constitutionfacts.com, there’s an interesting and fun little list of facts about the U.S. Constitution. Among some of my favorites are:

The U.S. Constitution has 4,400 words. It is the oldest and shortest written Constitution of any major government in the world.

Patrick Henry was elected as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention, but declined, because he “smelt a rat.”

A proclamation by President George Washington and a congressional resolution established the first national Thanksgiving Day on November 26, 1789. The reason for the holiday was to give “thanks” for the new Constitution.

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.”

Can you imagine the nightly news reporters using that title every time they mentioned President Obama? It might double the length of your average national politics news cycle…

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