Constitutional Convention

The Constitutional Convention convened on May 25, 1787.  The Convention was supposed to convene earlier in the month but due to slow travel did not have enough members present for a quorum to begin.

ANSWER TO YESTERDAY’S QUESTION

A tax on paper (The Stamp Act) pushed the colonies closer to independence.

NEW QUESTION

Which presidential power listed in the Constitution has never been used?

A. Commander-in-chief leading an army in the field

B. Legislative adjournment

C. Line item veto

Another anniversary this year

Another anniversary this year is the 230th anniversary of the drafting of the U.S. Constitution which took place over the summer of 1787, with business concluding on September 17th, 1787. (It took almost a year after that for enough states to ratify the Constitution so it would take effect).

The much-maligned Articles of Confederation had been drafted 10 years prior (another anniversary this year! November 15th!) and ratified by all the states by early 1781.

(Sorry for the technical difficulties.  I think I have those fixed now).

ANSWER TO YESTERDAY’S QUESTION

Patrick Ferguson invented a breech-loading musket that fired considerably faster than a conventional musket.  Only a few hundred models were made.  Ferguson was killed at Saratoga and that was a setback on the development of breech-loading weapons.

NEW QUESTION

Which state was the last state to ratify the Constitution?

A. Delaware

B. New Hampshire

C. Rhode Island