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Founding Fathers

How Philly lost the nation’s capital to Washington

May 15, 2017 By NCC Staff

Philadelphia was the early capital of the United States after the Constitution was ratified, but on May 14, 1800, the nation’s capital moved to Washington. So who was behind the deal that changed the face of American government?

Podcast: James Wilson and the creation of the Constitution

May 4, 2017 By NCC Staff

Christopher Yoo of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Tom Donnelly of the National Constitution Center discuss the Pennsylvania Federalist and America's greatest proponent of popular sovereignty.

Law Day 2017: 10 famous people who were lawyers

May 1, 2017 By NCC Staff

May 1 is Law Day, an event that honors “liberty, justice and equality under law which our forefathers bequeathed” to the United States. Learn more about 10 famous people who studied the law, from Abraham Lincoln to Nelson Mandela.

It was 228 years ago today: George Washington becomes President

April 30, 2017 By NCC Staff

It was on this day in 1789 that George Washington placed his hand on a bible in New York and became the first President of the United States under our Constitution – setting another of many traditions still in use today.

The most underrated Founding Father: Oliver Ellsworth?

April 29, 2017 By NCC Staff

On the anniversary of Oliver Ellsworth’s birth, Constitution Daily looks back an important founder who helped forge a compromise that led to the Constitution, and later played important roles in the early Senate and Supreme Court.

10 birthday facts about President James Monroe

April 28, 2017 By NCC Staff

James Monroe was the only president, aside from George Washington, to run unopposed for re-election. But that may not be the most surprising fact about the last Founding Father to occupy the White House.

Podcast: The Madisonian Constitution and the future of freedom

April 27, 2017 By NCC Staff

In excerpts from Freedom Day 2017, Mickey Edwards and Norm Ornstein reflect on the state of Congress, and George Will offers his take on the future of freedom.

Five myths about the start of the Revolutionary War

April 18, 2017 By NCC Staff

The American Revolutionary War started on April 19, 1775 at the towns of Lexington and Concord. But how accurate are some of the key facts that have been handed down to us through the generations?

It was 227 years ago today: Benjamin Franklin died in Philadelphia

April 17, 2017 By NCC Staff

Today marks the 227th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin’s death, which drew many different responses from the citizens of Philadelphia (who mourned in droves) and the U.S. Senate (which refused to mourn Franklin).

10 facts about Thomas Jefferson for his birthday

April 13, 2017 By NCC Staff

Thomas Jefferson is celebrating another birthday today, and we have 10 interesting facts about the versatile Founding Father.

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