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From: Ms Betty Fredericks <>
Subject: [GENMASSACHUSETTS] 1780 was the first "State Constitution"
Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2011 05:04:27 -0700 (PDT)
In this morning's MassMoments e-mail there is a story of when the first "Constitution" for MA was ratified:
...in 1780, the Massachusetts constitution was declared ratified. The previous fall, the world's first constitutional convention had met in Cambridge. A committee was chosen to write a constitution for the new state; the group delegated the task to John Adams, a fortunate choice. A well-read lawyer who wrote with clarity and elegance, he completed his draft on October 30, 1779. The convention approved it with minimal changes and submitted it to the people. Town meetings all over Massachusetts debated its merits. When the votes were counted on June 15th, more than two-thirds were in favor. A fractious citizenry had approved the constitution.The document became a model for other states and nations. It is the oldest written constitution in the world still in use.
Sometimes it's good to remind researchers that people from the U.K. were living in the North American colonies for over 150 years - before 1776 !
And, that's a reminder that the "4th of July" will soon be happening.
Enjoy the rest of the jolly month of June !
Betty (near Lowell, MA)
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