Constitution and the proposed bill of rights. From george washington to the united baptist churches of virginia may 1789.
Washington and like the image of the ship above it the signature displays a careful and deliberate self consciousness while revealing hints of the grace that.
George washington signature on constitution. If i could have entertained the slightest apprehension that the constitution framed in the convention where i had the honor to preside might possibly endanger the religious rights of any ecclesiastical society certainly i would never have placed my signature to. George washington spent the spring and summer of that year presiding over intense and lengthy debate over the future of the united states. Constitution were delegates from the original states who gathered several times and in several places first drafting the declaration of independence and then after the colonists defeated the british army and won independence writing the u s.
George washington s signature is seen on his personal copy of the acts of the first congress 1789 containing the u s. The resolutions asked congress to forward the constitution to the states and if they ratified it to set a time for choosing presidential electors and a date for the new government to assume power. The 38 signers of the u s.
An image of the last page shows the signatures of the conventioneers and though that of george washington is at the top that does not mean that he signed first. In february 2012 tom lingenfelter president of the heritage collectors society discovered a detailed ink drawing of a clipper ship signed by george washington the wonderfully preserved drawing is signed march 12th 1742 geo. Washington s signature on the cover letter and resolutions assured they would command attention.
Washington however signed near the right margin of the page and when the delegates ran out of space they began a second column of signatures to the left. George washington as president of the convention signed first followed by the other delegates grouped by states in progression from north to south. The answer to the first question is actually a little harder to determine.
The signers of the two documents have some overlap benjamin franklin. George washington signed the constitution of the united states on september 17 1787 at independence hall in philadelphia pennsylvania. The answer to the second question can be found quite easily by checking the constitution itself.