1789 – New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights.


New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights – the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution. Of the twelve articles proposed, New Jersey actually approved eleven.

On November 20, 1789, New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights – the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution. Of the twelve articles proposed, New Jersey actually approved eleven. The first, relating to how federal representation would be determined based on population, was ratified by New Jersey but not by the required number of states. The second, relating to the salaries of members of Congress, was rejected by New Jersey, but then approved in 1992 as the 27th Amendment. Articles 3 through 12 became the 1st through 10th Amendments, guaranteeing the fundamental rights and freedoms of all American Citizens. A full transcription and image of New Jersey’s original parchment Bill of Rights are provided below.

 

 

for more information …  nj.gov