United States. Constitution.

Title

United States. Constitution.

Description

This is the first printed draft of the Constitution of the United States, one of perhaps sixty copies distributed to convention delegates on August 6, 1787. This copy belonged to Pierce Butler, the Irish-born delegate from South Carolina. The Constitution as it unfolded in this first printed draft was altered significantly by the convention before agreement in its final form. The preamble was restated from "We the People of the thirteen states" to read "We the People of the United States." The election of the President "by the Legislature" for a seven-year term and "not to be elected for a second time" was altered to a four-year term (silent on the number of terms) with election by electors representing the states.
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Creator

United States. Constitutional Convention (1787)

Publisher

Philadelphia : Dunlap and Claypole

Date

1787

Contributor

Butler, Pierce, 1744-1822, former owner.
Wister, Owen, 1860-1938 former owner.

Format

7, [1] leaves ; 40 cm (fol.)

Identifier

Lilly Library JK14 1787a vault