Poughkeepsie in Dutchess County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
On This Site
On this site in July of 1788, the opposing views of Federalists, led by Alexander Hamilton and John Jay, and Anti-federalists, under Governor George Clinton, were joined in compromise by Dutchess County Ratification Convention delegate Melancthon Smith. Proposed changes intended to safeguard personal liberty would soon become amendments to the new Constitution of the United States. These issues provided the foundation for the Bill of Rights.
We rededicate this hallowed ground to the principles of American freedom and justice and to Smith's wise mediation, which ended the ratification struggle by confirming New York's commitment to both personal liberty and to a strong central government.
Hon. Lucille P. Pattison, County Executive
Dutchess County Bicentennial of the Ratification of the U.S. Constitution Advisory Committee: Hon. Albert M. Rosenblatt, Honorary Chairman; Joyce C. Ghee, Dutchess County Historian, Chairman; John E. Mack III, Chairman Memorial Drive.
Erected September 17, 1991, a gift of the Dutchess Bank & Trust Company, Dr. Jack A. Mcenroe, President.
Erected 1991 by the Dutchess Bank & Trust Company.
Location. 41° 42.22′ N, 73° 55.75′ W. Marker is in Poughkeepsie, New Touch for map. Located in front of the Dutchess County Courthouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10 Market Street, Poughkeepsie NY 12601, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. In Affectionate Memory (a few steps from this marker); Constitution Ratification Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Poughkeepsie Vietnam Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Soldiers Memorial Fountain (approx. 0.3 miles away); Thomas Dongan (approx. 0.4 miles away); 5th Ward Honor Roll (approx. half a mile away); Poughkeepsie Civil War Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Victor C. Waryas Memorial Park (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Poughkeepsie.
Also see . . . Ratification of the Constitution by the State of New York from the Constitution Society. (Submitted on November 9, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 9, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 706 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 9, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.