Item: United States Constitution : first manuscript draft by James Wilson

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Record Number: 1663
Box Number: Folios 1-4
Page Number: all
Reproduction restrictions: None
Author: James Wilson
Date of View: July 1787
View Format: Manuscript
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This is the first holograph draft of the Constitution by James Wilson, delegate to the Constitutional Convention from York, PA, and chair of the Committee of Detail. This was the committee charged to draft the Constitution.  This is the earliest surviving version of the Constitution, consisting of four sheets.  Some unique features is that it lists all of the states in the first line.  Also, it states “The stile of the government shall be the ‘United People and States of America.’