225th Anniversary of the First Congress: We’ll be posting documents and stories highlighting the establishment of the new government under the Constitution through March 2016.
On September 25, 1789, the First Congress proposed to the state legislatures 12 amendments to the Constitution. This is the enrolled original joint resolution of Congress, engrossed on parchment. The Federal Government’s official copy of the Bill of Rights is signed by Frederick Augustus Muhlenberg, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and John Adams, Vice President of the United States and President of the Senate.
Learn more about the Bill of Rights with our new app and eBook!