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 9, 1789, the Senate passed this resolution introduced by Senator Oliver Ellsworth that captured all of the Senate revisions to the House proposed amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
On September 25, Congress passed 12 amendments that were sent to the states for approval. Ten of the amendments were ratified by the required three-fourths of the states and became part of the Constitution in 1791. These first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution are known as the Bill of Rights.
Senator Ellsworth’s Draft of Amendments Proposed to the Bill of Rights as Passed by the House, 9/9/1789, Sen 1A-C2, Records of the U.S. Senate