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Founding Fathers

Remembering the day Pennsylvania ratified the Constitution

December 12, 2017 By NCC Staff

December 12 is a big anniversary for those of us in Pennsylvania: It’s the day the James Wilson led an emotional effort to approve the proposed U.S. constitution in the Keystone state, in a big step toward the eventual ratification of our Founding document.

Happy birthday to the Founders’ painter, Gilbert Stuart

December 3, 2017 By NCC Staff

It’s quite possible that many Americans have seen the art work of Gilbert Stuart more than any other painter. But what do you really know about the Founding-era artist?

10 reasons why America’s first constitution failed

November 17, 2017 By NCC Staff

It was 240 years ago today that the Articles of Confederation, the first American constitution, was sent to the 13 states for consideration. It didn’t last a decade, for some obvious reasons.

Benjamin Franklin’s last great quote and the Constitution

November 13, 2017 By NCC Staff

It was on this day in 1789 that Founding Father Benjamin Franklin wrote what was probably his last great quote, a saying about the Constitution and life that became true about five months later.

Senators should serve for life, and other election ideas from the Founders

November 7, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

Today, Americans will vote in elections around the country. But did you know if alternative ideas from the Founders were used today, there would be 6,000 seats up for re-election in the House, and Senators would be serving for life?

On This Day: The first bitter, contested presidential election takes place

November 4, 2017 By NCC Staff

In a campaign that rivals any current presidential election for insults and rancor, John Adams defeated Thomas Jefferson on this day in the 1796 election in a race that changed American politics forever.

On This Day: The Stamp Act plants seeds of the Revolution

November 1, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

On November 1, 1765, the hated Stamp Tax authorized by King George III went to effect in the colonies despite months of protests. The act would be quickly repealed, but it started a series of events that led to the American Revolution.

Three ghoulish tales of body snatchers, presidents and the Founders

October 31, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

In a special Halloween feature, Constitution Daily looks at two real-life body snatching stories related to three U.S. Presidents, and a ghoulish tale involving Alexander Hamilton and John Jay.

Why John Adams is still important today

October 30, 2017 By Ugonna Eze

On this day in 1735, John Adams, the Second President of the United States, was born. Adams’ career as a lawyer, statesman, and political philosopher over the course of 91 years still resonates with us today

On This Day: The first Federalist Paper is published

October 27, 2017 By Lana Ulrich

On October 27, 1787, the first of the Federalist Papers is published in support of the newly signed Constitution.

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