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Did You Know? - About the U.S. Constitution

December 18, 2022

  • Thomas Jefferson didn’t sign the Constitution. In 1787, Jefferson was in Paris as the United States’ envoy, and he missed the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.
  • Only six Founders signed both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution: George Clymer, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Morris,
    George Read, James Wilson, and Roger Sherman.
  • The Constitution was “penned” by Jacob Shallus, a General Assembly clerk, for $30 ($726 today).
  • Because of his poor health, Benjamin Franklin needed help to sign the Constitution. As he did so, tears streamed down his face.
  • The Founding Fathers weren’t perfect. Typos happened in 1787, too! Of the spelling errors in the Constitution, “Pensylvania” above the signers’ names is probably the most glaring.

Test Your Constitution Knowledge! Visit constitutionfacts.com

What the Constitution Means to Me is playing in FST's Keating Theatre through February 26, 2023.