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1787


September 20
September 26-28
September 28
September 28
October 17
October 25
October 26
October 31
November 1
November 6
November 10
November 12
November 19-January 7
November 20-December 2
November 26
November 27
November 27-December 1
December 3-7
December 4-5
December 6
December 7
December 11-20
December 12
December 14
December 18
December 25-January 5
December 31
December 31
Confederation Congress reads Constitution
Confederation Congress debates Constitution
Call for state ratifying conventions by Confederation Congress
Pennsylvania calls for state convention
Connecticut calls for state convention
Massachusetts calls for state convention
Georgia calls for state convention
Virginia calls for state convention
New Jersey calls for state convention
Pennsylvania elects 69 delegates
Delaware calls for state convention
Connecticut elects 168 delegates
Massachusetts elects 355 delegates
Pennsylvania ratifying convention meets
Delaware elects 30 delegates
Maryland calls for state convention
New Jersey elects 38 delegates
Delaware ratifying convention meets
Georgia elects 26 delegates
North Carolina calls for state convention
Delaware ratifies 30-0
New Jersey ratifying convention meets
Pennsylvania ratifies 46-23
New Hampshire calls for state convention
New Jersey ratifies 38-0
Georgia ratifying convention meets
Georgia ratifies 26-0
New Hampshire elects 110 delegates

1788


January 3-9
January 9
January 9-February 7
January 19
January 30
February 1
February 6
February 13-22
March 3-31
March 24
March 28-29
April 7
April 11-12
April 21-29
April 26
April 29-May 3
May 12-24
May 23
June 2-27
June 17-July 26
June 18-21
June 21
June 25
July 2
July 21-August 4
July 25
July 26
August 2
September 13
November 30
Connecticut ratifying convention meets
Connecticut ratifies 128-40
Massachusetts ratifying convention meets
South Carolina calls for state convention
Massachusetts Compromise proposed
New York calls for state convention
Massachusetts ratifies 187-168 with 9 proposed amendments
New Hampshire ratifying convention votes 56-51 for adjournment until June 18
Virginia elects 168 delegates
Rhode Island rejects call for a state ratifying convention
North Carolina elects 268 delegates
Maryland elects 76 delegates
South Carolina elects 222 delegates
Maryland ratifying convention meets
Maryland ratifies 63-11
New York elects 67 delegates
South Carolina ratifying convention meets
South Carolina ratifies 149-73 with 5 Declarations and Resolves
Virginia ratifying convention meets
New York ratifying convention meets
New Hampshire ratifying convention: second session
New Hampshire ratifies 57-47 with 12 proposed amendments
Virginia ratifies 89-79 with 20 Bill of Rights and 20 proposed amendments
Congress accepts ratification of Constitution
North Carolina ratifying convention meets
New York rejects conditional ratification
New York ratifies 30-27 with 25 Bill of Rights and 31 proposed amendments
North Carolina votes 184-84 against ratification
Congress prepares for a new government
North Carolina calls for a second state convention

1789


January 7
February 4
March 4
April 1
April 6
April 30
June 8
July 28
August 13-24
August 21-22
August 24
September 9
September 24
September 25
October 10
November 16-23
November 20
November 21
December 19
December 22
December 23
Presidential electors chosen
Election of Senators, Representatives and President
First Congress meets
House organized
Senate organized
First Inaugual Address of George Washington
Madison argues for a Bill of Rights
Report of House Select Committee on Madison’s Proposals
House debates Select Committee Report
North Carolina elects 271 delegates to second state convention
House passes 17 amendments to the Constitution
Senate passes 12 amendments to the Constitution
Judiciary Act passed by Congress
Congress sends 12 amendments to the state legislatures for ratification
Last business under Articles of Confederation
North Carolina ratifying convention: second session
New Jersey adopts the Bill of Rights
North Carolina ratifies 194-77 with 20 Bill of Rights and 21 proposed amendments
Maryland adopts the Bill of Rights
North Carolina adopts the Bill of Rights
Maryland cedes ten square miles for a federal city

1790


January 17
January 19
January 25
January 26
February 8
March 1-6
March 10
March 27
May 26-29
May 29
June 11
Rhode Island calls for state convention
South Carolina adopts the Bill of Rights
New Hampshire adopts the Bill of Rights
Delaware adopts the Bill of Rights
Rhode Island elects delegates to convention
Rhode Island ratifying convention: first session
Pennsylvania adopts the Bill of Rights
New York adopts the Bill of Rights
Rhode Island ratifying convention: second session
Rhode Island ratifies 34-32 with 18 Bill of Rights and 21 proposed amendments
Rhode Island adopts the Bill of Rights

1791


March 3
November 3
December 15
December 15                
Vermont admitted to the United States
Vermont adopts the Bill of Rights
Virginia ratifies the Bill of Rights
Bill of Rights added to the Constitution in the form of 10 amendments