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Constitution Day 2013: Delaware and the Ratification of the Seventeenth Amendment


Image of Delaware flag with the words First State to Ratify the U.S. Constitution December 7, 1787


December 7 is observed as "Delaware Day."

Delaware's Signers of the Constitution

Image of Richard Bassett

Richard Bassett

Image of Gunning Bedford, Jr.

Gunning Bedford, Jr.

Image of Jacob Broom

Jacob Broom

Image of John Dickinson

John Dickinson

Image of George Read

George Read

Delaware's Ratifications


17th Amendment. According to Todd J. Zywicki, Delaware voted to reject the Seventeenth Amendment. 

Zywicki, Todd J. "Beyond the Shell and Husk of History: The History of the Seventeenth Amendment and its Implications for Current Reform Proposals," Cleveland State Law Review, 45, p. 199.