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PRESIDENT PROCLAIMS CONSTITUTION DAY SEPT. 17 -- NATIONAL CONSTITUTION CENTER CELEBRATES WITH FAST FACTS ON FOUNDING FATHERS

PRESIDENT PROCLAIMS CONSTITUTION DAY SEPT. 17 -- NATIONAL CONSTITUTION
 CENTER CELEBRATES WITH FAST FACTS ON FOUNDING FATHERS
 PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Besides cobbling together a document that has lasted, worked and been copied around the world as the last word on the rights of man, what did these guys do at the Constitutional Convention that September long ago? Who were they? What were they like? Did they ever have any fun?
 The National Constitution Center, an organization started five years ago to help everyone in America better understand and appreciate the Constitution, wants you to celebrate this day with some little known facts about the men and their times. If you would like to have your own pocket-sized copy of the Constitution send a stamped self-addressed envelope to: The National Constitution Center, P.0. Box 807, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107-0807.
 1. Did they carry Washington home ... or did he walk? On Sept. 15, 1787 (just before the Convention ended) the Cavalry gave their former comrade in arms a party. They were billed for: 54 bottles of madeira, 60 bottles of claret, 8 bottles of old stock, 22 bottles of port, 8 bottles of cider, 12 bottles of beer, 7 large bowls of punch (alcoholic), and various and sundry broken decanters, wine glasses and tumblers. Fifty-five men attended and were serenaded by 16 musicians who drank 16 bottles of claret, 5 bottles of madeira, 7 bowls of punch ...
 2. Q. How many children did the 55 delegates of the Convention have between them?
 A. 245 (Only 48 of them were fathers)
 3. Q. If we had followed the wishes of the Convention how many representatives could we have in Congress today?
 A. About 8,390. They recommended one for every 30,000 inhabitants.
 4. Q. What were the ages of the delegates?
 A. Four were in their 20s, 16 were in their 30s, and 21 were in their early 40s. Ben Franklin was an astonishing 80 something.
 5. Q. What was the most unusual gift that Washington brought home from the Philadelphia convention?
 A. A pack of hounds named Droner, Doxy, Dutchess, Hearkwell,


Shingas, Pluto, Dublin and Rover.
 6. Q. Who sent a medical excuse to the Convention?
 A. William Blount. He said it would be intolerable to travel from New York to Philadelphia on horseback with such a bad case of piles.
 7. Q. Which signers of the Constitution came to untimely ends?
 A. Alexander Hamilton and Richard Spaight were killed in duels;


George Wythe was poisoned (probably by his nephew and heir); John Lansing left a New York hotel to mail a letter and was never seen again.
 8. During the 128 days he was in Philadelphia, Washington seems never to have slept anywhere He:
 Dined out 110 times; went out in the evening another 20 times; attended 69 teas; sat for 4 portraits; attended 1 lecture, 2 concerts and 3 plays; went trout fishing; went perch fishing; rode every morning at 5 a.m.; and of course worked at the convention every day.
 9. Some things never change ... Included in the 55 delegates were: 25 lawyers, 17 capitalists, 12 merchants, 11 planters, 5 farmers, 3 manufacturers, 2 physicians, 2 ship owners, 1 ship builder, 1 land owner.
 10. When the new Government got started in 1789, 10 of the men who created it were under the age of 35 -- therefore they were unable to be elected president.
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 /CONTACT: Terry Brent, program director, National Constitution Center, 215-923-0004/ CO: National Constitution Center ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU:


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