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In the Council Chamber of Elizabeth Battell's Golden Fleece Tavern

 
 
In the Council Chamber of Elizabeth Battell's Golden Fleece Tavern Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, December 15, 2010
1. In the Council Chamber of Elizabeth Battell's Golden Fleece Tavern Marker
Inscription.  On this site, Delaware became the first state to ratify the Constitution of the United States. December 7, 1787.

We, the deputies of the people of the Delaware state, in Convention met, having taken in our serious consideration the Federal Constitution proposed and agreed upon by the deputies of the United States in a General Convention held at the city of Philadelphia, on the seventeenth day of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-seven, have approved, assented to, ratified, and confirmed, and by these presents do, in virtue of the power and authority to us given, for and in behalf of ourselves and our constituents, fully, freely, and entirely approve of, assent to, ratify, and confirm, the said Constitution. Done in Convention, at Dover, this seventh day of December, in the year aforesaid, and in the year of the independence of the United States of America the twelfth. In testimony whereof, we have hereunto subscribed our names.
Sussex County.
John Ingram, John Jones, William Moore, William Hall, Thomas Laws, Isaac Cooper, Woodman Stockley, John Laws, Thomas Evans, Israel Holland.
Kent

The Golden Fleece Tavern sign. image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, December 15, 2010
2. The Golden Fleece Tavern sign.
County.
Nicholas Ridgely, Richard Smith, George Fruitt, Richard Bassett, James Sykes, Allen M'Lean, Daniel Cummins, Sen. Joseph Barker, Edward White, George Manlove.
Newcastle County.
James Latimer, President, James Black, John James, Gunning Bedford, Sen. Kensey Johns, Thomas Watson, Solomon Maxwell, Nicholas Way, Thomas Duff, Gunning Bedford, Jun.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & PoliticsNotable Events.
 
Location. 39° 9.396′ N, 75° 31.424′ W. Marker is in Dover, Delaware, in Kent County. Marker is on The Green, on the right. Marker is on The Green side of The Golden Fleece Tavern. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dover DE 19901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Golden Fleece Tavern (here, next to this marker); Ridgely House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Delaware Line (within shouting distance of this marker); Delaware Decides (within shouting distance of this marker); The Green (within shouting distance of this marker); State House (within shouting distance of this marker); Kent County Courthouses (1680-1983) (within shouting distance of this marker); Constitution Park (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dover.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 30, 2018. It was originally submitted on December 17, 2010, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 905 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 17, 2010, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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