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Delaware Decides

First State National Historical Park

 
 
Delaware Decides Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 27, 2015
1. Delaware Decides Marker
Inscription.  In early December 1787 the thirty delegates to the Delaware ratifying convention were called upon to make a momentous decision. For five days they considered whether to approve the new, stronger central government proposed at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia the previous summer. Finally, on the 7th, the delegates unanimously voted to ratify the United States Constitution, making Delaware the first state to do so.

"...fully, freely, and entirely approve of, assent to, ratify, and confirm the said Constitution."
Delaware's ratification document, December 7, 1787

The Golden Fleece Tavern
Delegates to the ratifying convention gathered at The Golden Fleece Tavern, the same place where the state assembly sometimes met. The tavern is long-gone, but its site is well-marked at the corner of State Street and The Green.

The Delegates
Gunning Bedford, Jr., Richard Bassett, Jacob Broom, John Dickinson, and George Read were delegates to the Constitutional Convention at Philadelphia in 1787. Bassett and Bedford were also among the delegates to the ratifying convention in Dover.

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Marker detail:<br>Gunning Bedford, Jr.<br>Richard Bassett image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail:
Gunning Bedford, Jr.
Richard Bassett
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• Gunning Bedford, Jr. & Richard Bassett
Portraits courtesy of State of Delaware Historical and Cultural Affairs
• Background Artwork Delaware, The First State by Robert E. Goodier, courtesy of PNC Bank
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 39° 9.399′ N, 75° 31.395′ W. Marker is in Dover, Delaware, in Kent County. Marker is on The Green east of South State Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located beside the sidewalk at the northeast corner of The Green. Marker is at or near this postal address: 15 The Green, 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 Green (here, next to this marker); Ridgely House (a few steps from this marker); State House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Delaware Line (within shouting distance of this marker); In the Council Chamber of Elizabeth Battell's Golden Fleece Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); The Golden Fleece Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); An Army of Restoration (CCC) (within shouting distance of this marker); Kent County Courthouses (1680-1983) (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dover.
 
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Delaware Decides Marker (<i>wide view; leftmost of the two markers at this location</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 27, 2015
3. Delaware Decides Marker (wide view; leftmost of the two markers at this location)
 Delaware ratifies the Constitution. The Constitutional Convention’s dictate that the new Constitution would come into effect after merely nine states ratified was strictly illegal under the Articles, which demanded unanimity among the states for amendments to take effect. The drafters wanted to take action quickly before the nation was irreversibly fractured. Delaware’s ratification indicated that the states were indeed willing to consider an extra-legal document drafted behind closed doors. In many ways, the ratification process was a sort of second American revolution and Delaware’s unanimous vote accurately foretold that it would take place without bloodshed. (Submitted on April 13, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Golden Fleece Tavern site (<i>at The Green & S. State St., about 100 feet west of this marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 27, 2015
4. Golden Fleece Tavern site (at The Green & S. State St., about 100 feet west of this marker)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 13, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 10, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 102 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on April 12, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   2, 3, 4. submitted on April 13, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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