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The United States Constitution

Our National Government

Delaware became the first state to ratify the United States Constitution in 1787. Thomas Collins, then President of the Delaware State, was very much in favor of ratification by Delaware and of the rest of the United States. He called the Legislature to arrange for a convention as soon as possible. Collins followed the ratifying process in the other states and was gratified when New Hampshire became the last state needed to ratify the Constitution for the nation.

The enrolled bills date from 1776 until 1959 when the house and senate bills were separated into two different collections. The enrolled bills are bills passed by both house and senate. They include the amendments, resolutions and signatures of the members and Governor.