Nearly a hundred people gathered at the Delaware Public Archives on Friday afternoon to mark the 225th anniversary of Delaware’s ratification of the U.S. Constitution, an event now commemorated in The First State as “Delaware Day.”
In December 1787, 30 elected delegates — 10 from each county — met in a state convention held inside at a Dover tavern to consider the issue. On December 7th, the group unanimously made Delaware the first state to ratify the seminal document, setting into motion the events that would lead to the creation of the United States and giving Delaware its enduring nickname.
“In the intervening years, the United States Constitution has served as a beacon for the hopeless and as an inspiration to all who seek freedom and justice,” stated a gubernatorial proclamation read by Delaware Secretary of State Jeffrey W. Bullock.
“I was glad to see all the school children in attendance, so they can appreciate the special heritage they share as Delawareans and the importance of the U.S. Constitution,” said history professor and State Rep.-elect Jeffrey Spiegelman, who attended Friday’s event.
The anniversary of Delaware’s constitutional ratification was officially designated as “Delaware Day” in 1933 by a joint resolution passed by the General Assembly and signed by then Governor C. Douglass Buck.