Today in History: NH becomes 9th and last state to ratify US Constitution making law
227 years ago today, New Hampshire became the 9th and last state to ratify the new Constitution, making the Constitution the law of the land.
According to History.com, after the Revolutionary War there was lack of central authority over foreign and domestic relations. After several months of debate a new Constitution was drafted and signed by 38 of the 41 delegates but to become law, the document needed to be ratified by nine of the 13 states.
On December 7, 1787 Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Georgia ratified the Constitution in a quick meeting but Massachusetts opposed the document, claiming it fell short of protecting the basic constitutional rights such as freedom of speech, religion and press.
In February of 1788 a compromise was reached when the states agreed to ratify the document if amendments were immediately presented.
Following the compromise Massachusetts ratified the Constitution, followed by South Carolina and Maryland. On June 21, 1788, N.H. became the 9th and last state to ratify the Constitution making it law. The vote was taken in a meetinghouse in Concord, on the same land where the NH1 Media Center now stands.