Where was the United States Constitution written?
The United States Constitution was written in Philadelphia in 1787. It was the product of what became known as the Constitutional Convention, a meeting of delegates from twelve of the thirteen states (Rhode Island did not send delegates). The purpose of this meeting was initially to "revise the Articles of Confederation," but it quickly became clear that many of the central figures at the convention, including James Madison of Virginia, had other ideas. They wanted to replace the Articles of Confederation with a new constitution which placed supreme power in a federal government. This was intended to solve many of the problems they saw stemming from the weakness of the national government under the Articles of Confederation. Along with creating a national government with supremacy over the states, they also established a stronger Congress and a judiciary, along with an independent executive in the form of a President. The Constitution that emerged from these deliberations still had to be approved by nine of the thirteen states before it went into effect, and this did not occur until June of 1788. The final state to ratify, Rhode Island, did so in 1790.