Question: How many amendments are there to the Constitution?
Answer: There are currently 27 amendments to the United States Constitution. The first 10 amendments to the Constitution are called the Bill of Rights and were added to ensure the document's ratification.
Question: Which future presidents signed the Constitution?
Answer: The only two future presidents to sign the Constitution are George Washington and James Madison. Neither John Adams, serving as ambassador to England nor Thomas Jefferson, ambassador to France, was present. Other prominent signers include Benjamin Franklin and Alexander Hamilton.
Question: When was the Constitution adopted?
Answer: On June 21, 1788, the Constitution became effective for the nine states who had ratified it. The Constitution became effective for the remaining states upon individual state ratification.
Question: What document did the Constitution replace?
Answer: The United States Constitution replaced the Articles of Confederation. The Articles of Confederation was the result of a Congress hesitant to grant centralized power. Its weaknesses included the inability to raise money for national defense, the inability to regulate interstate trade, a unicameral legislature, and a requirement of unanimity to pass laws.