1. The oldest signer was Ben Franklin, who, at 81, needed help to put his pen to paper.
2. The Constitution has been amended 27 times.
3. George Washington and James Madison were the only two men to sign it who later went on to become president.
4. Patrick Henry was chosen to attend the Constitutional Convention but did not because, as he famously said, he “smelt a rat.”
5. Delaware was the first state to ratify the Constitution.
6. Rhode Island was the last of the original 13 states to ratify the Constitution.
7. Thirty-nine men signed the Constitution.
8. The first 10 amendments to the Constitution were ratified together in 1791, and are called collectively the Bill of Rights.
9. The youngest person to sign the Constitution, Jonathon Dayton of New Jersey, was just 26.
10. The words "democracy" and "slavery" do not appear in the Constitution.
11. James Madison is often referred to as the Father of the Constitution.
ABERDEEN, S.D. – We the people of Northern State University, in order to educate the community and promote patriotism, do ordain and establish Constitution Day for the city of Aberdeen.
NSU’s Constitution Day celebration will last all day Tuesday, Sept. 17. All are welcome to this free, fun event.
Constitution Day is the federal observance of the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787. This year, NSU has increased its Constitution Day activities, which will include:
• NSU dining services will offer students themed food in the cafeteria on Sept. 17, including Washington (state) apples and a mystery "United Tates of America" dish.
• The NSU Wolf Shoppe will have a book display and trivia contest all day.
• Williams Library will have three Constitution Day-related displays out all day.
• Various offices around campus will be decorated all day.
• The School of Education will have relevant children's books on display all day.
• The League of Women Voters will register voters from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Center.
• The NSU History Club will have a copy of the Constitution on display from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Center.
• The NSU Student Association will have a table with games and information from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Student Center.
• Aberdeen native Kenneth J. Meier, professor of political science at Texas A&M University, will speak at 7 p.m. in Johnson Fine Arts Center room 134. His speech, "The Politics of Education Reform," is free and open to the public.
• NSUtv is airing the exclusive Spotlight @ Northern
Constitution Day special with Drs. Jon Schaff, Kenneth Blanchard, Ric Dias and David Grettler at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. daily through Sept. 18.
• “Constitution Fun Facts” will be posted around campus.
• Off campus, Red Rooster Coffee House will host a U.S. history and politics game at 7 p.m.