Tag: The United States Constitution
Members of the Constitutional Convention, led by James Madison, created the United States Constitution in 1787. As the convention came to a close on September 15, 1787, a clerk for the Pennsylvania State Assembly called Jacob Shallus started about putting it to “final form.” As was customary at the time, he did it by hand, using pen and ink. According to the National Archives, Shallus performed a “fine job” inscribing the more than 4,000 words on four big sheets of parchment paper, but that’s not to say Shallus didn’t make mistakes, or that others involved in the signing and amendment didn’t make further mistakes. Some of them were significant. Some of the errors were grammatical.