225th Anniversary of the First Congress: We’ll be posting documents and stories highlighting the establishment of the new government under the Constitution through March 2016.
On April 5, 1790, President George Washington forwarded Congress copies of New York’s February 24 ratification of Articles One and Three through Twelve of the Bill of Rights.
New York was the 7th state to ratify amendments to the Constitution. The Bill of Rights officially became part of the Constitution on December 15, 1791 when three-fourths of the states ratified articles three through twelve.
Letter from President George Washington Transmitting Copies of New York’s Ratification of the Bill of Rights, 4/5/1790, SEN1A-E2, Records of the U.S. Senate