On December 7, 1787, Delaware becomes the first state to ratify the Constitution, doing so by a unanimous vote.
We the deputies of the People of the Delaware State, in Convention met, having taken into our serious consideration the Fœderal Constitution proposed and agreed upon by the Deputies of the United States in a General Convention held at the City of Philadelphia on the seventeenth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven, Have approved, assented to, ratified, and confirmed, and by these Presents, Do, in virtue of the Power and Authority to us given for that purpose, for and in behalf of ourselves and our Constituents, fully, freely, and entirely approve of, assent to, ratify and confirm the said Constitution.Done in Convention at Dover this seventh day of December in the year aforesaid, and in the year of the Independence of the United States of America the twelfth In Testimony whereof we have hereunto subscribed our Names-SUSSEX COUNTYJohn Ingram John Jones William Moore William Hall Thomas Laws Isaac Cooper Woodman Stockley John Laws Thomas Evans Israel HollandKENT COUNTYNicholas Ridgely Richard Smith George Truitt Richard Bassett James Sykes Allen McLane Daniel Cummins senr.Joseph Barker Edward White George ManloveNEW CASTLE COUNTYJas. Latimer, President James Black Jno. James Gunning Bedford senr.Kensey Johns Thomas Wattson Solomon Maxwell Nicholas Way Thomas Duff Gunng Bedford junr.To all whom these Presents shall come Greeting, I Thomas Collins President of the Delaware State do hereby certify, that the above instrument of writing is a true copy of the original ratification of the Fœderal Constitution by the Convention of the Delaware State, which original ratification is now in my possession. In Testimony whereof I have caused the seal of the Delware State to be hereunto anexed.
Since 1933, the governors of Delaware have proclaimed December 7 as Delaware Day in honor of when Delaware became the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution, thus making Delaware the first state in the new nation. Delaware also commemorates being the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution with its license plates which read “The First State.”