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This Day in Georgia History

September 17, 1787

U.S. Constitution Signed

On this Monday morning, 41 delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia assembled for the last time. The engrossed copy of the new constitution, agreed to two days earlier, was read to the delegates. A single amendment was offered - and unanimously approved - to change the provision that there be one Representative for every 40,000 residents to one for every 30,000. Then, delegates - including William Few and Abraham Baldwin on behalf of Georgia - began formal signing of the Constitution. At about 4 p.m., the convention adjourned sine die.