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.
Beginning today through September 14, the Senate Revisions to House Proposed Amendments to the U.S. Constitution will be on display at the National Archives in the Rotunda Gallery to commemorate the 225th anniversary of the First Congress in 1789.
On June 8, 1789, Representative James Madison of Virginia introduced a series of proposed amendments to the newly ratified U.S. Constitution. That summer the House of Representatives debated the issues and on August 24 passed seventeen proposed constitutional amendments. The Senate then took up the matter, altering and consolidating the amendments. Ultimately, Congress forwarded to the states 12 articles of amendment; 10 of them (articles 3 through 12) were subsequently ratified and became the Bill of Rights.