Constitution Day

Two hundred twenty three years ago today, as the final signers of the newly penned Constitution filed past to sign the document, Benjamin Franklin looked toward the chair in which the president of the Constitutional Convention, George Washington, had sat throughout the proceedings. Franklin noted to those about him that he had often wondered, during the long deliberations and negotiations, at an image of the sun which was painted there.

As James Madison reported in his Notes on the Convention, Franklin then observed, “I have, said he, often and often in the course of the Session, and the vicissitudes of my hopes and fears as to its issue, looked at that behind the President without being able to tell whether it was rising or setting: But now at length I have the happiness to know that it is a rising and not a setting Sun.”

How very right he was.

Published in: on September 17, 2010 at 8:42 am  Leave a Comment  

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