What were the first 13 states to ratify the Constitution?
1) Delaware became the first state to ratify the Constitution on December 7, 1787. 2) Pennsylvania ratified the Constitution on December 12, 1787, by 66.67%. 3) New Jersey ratified the Constitution on December 19, 1787, with a unanimous vote. 4) Georgia ratified the Constitution on January 2, 1788, with a unanimous vote. 5) Connecticut ratified the Constitution on January 9, 1788, by 76%. 6) Massachusetts ratified the Constitution on February 6, 1788, and also recommended a bill of rights. The bill of rights would protect the states from too much federal power or the attack of their individual liberties. 7) Maryland ratified on April 28, 1788, by 85%. 8) South Carolina ratified on May 23, 1788, by 67%. 9) New Hampshire suggested a bill of rights (like Massachusetts) when it ratified the Constitution on June 21, 1788. Nine states would have been sufficient. The advocates of the Constitution, however, deemed it important that the new government could not stand without New York and Virgin