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On December 18, 1787 New Jersey became the third state to ratify Constitution and joins Union.

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On December 18, 1787 New Jersey became the third state to ratify Constitution and joins Union.



The U.S. Constitution was signed on Sept. 17, 1787, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

Yet the Constitution would not become binding until nine of the 13 states agreed to the terms and ratified it. 

The first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution was Delaware on Dec. 7, 1787 — followed by the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. 

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And on this day in history, Dec. 18, 1787, New Jersey became the third state to ratify the U.S. Constitution and join the Union. 

The decision appeared to be fast-paced, as shown throughout the minutes recorded of the meeting dates, according to New Jersey’s Department of State,

The delegates were required to have a minimum of six days to establish rules, review the document and deliberate. 

The New Jersey delegates unanimously voted for the U.S. Constitution on the seventh day. 

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The Department of State suggests that the quick decision showed the dissatisfaction with the Articles of Confederation at the time. 

There were 39 elected delegates chosen to…



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