Kiwanis Club of San Marcos

21,,,,,,,Constitution....5/23/16

Our U.S. Constitution!
 
 1.......The median age in America by the end of the 18th century was 16 years of age (today, it is around  34 years of age), 19 of every 20 citizens lived on the land, and 70% of the land was worked by its owners (30% by tenants).
 2........The national government spent $4.3 million during the first session of Congress from 1789-1791.  During the last year that George Washington was President of the United States (1796-1797) the entire cost of running the federal government was $5, 727,000.
3...........James Madison of Virginia was responsible for proposing the resolution to create the various Cabinet positions within the Executive Branch of our government and twelve amendments to the Constitution of which ten became the Bill of Rights.
4...........Although the United States Treasury Department stopped distributing currency denominations of $500, $1,000, $5,000 and $10,000 in 1969, for all intents and purposes the production of each stopped after World War II.  , these notes are still legal tender and may be found on rare occasions in circulation.  James Madison, the 'Father of the Constitution is on the $5,000 bill.
5...........At the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Franklin observed the symbol of a half-sun on George Washington's chair and remarked, "I have the happiness to know that it is a rising and not a setting sun".
6...........Benjamin Franklin made a suggestion at the Constitutional Convention that the sessions be opened with a prayer.  The delegates refused to accept the motion stating that there was not enough money to hire a chaplain.
7...........Of the fifty-five delegates who attended the convention, 34 were lawyers, 8 had signed the Declaration of Independence, and almost half were Revolutionary veterans.  The remaining members were planters, educators, ministers, physicians, financiers, judges and merchants.  About a quarter of them were large land owners and all of them held some type of public office (39 were former Congressmen and 8 were present or past governors).
8...........William Few of Georgia  was the only member to represent the yeoman farmer class which comprised the majority of the population of the country.  Nineteen of the members who were chosen to represent their state never attended a meeting.
9...........Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania was known as the "Sage of the Constitutional Convention"  He was also the mediator at the convention and often counseled that "we are here to consult, not to contend."
10..........George Washington and James Madison were the only Presidents to sign the Constitution.