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Dover, Delaware, Old State House, vintage postcard photo

Dover, Delaware, Old State House, vintage postcard, historic photo

A vintage postcard view of the Old State House, Dover, Delaware. Despite what is printed on this card, it was not in this building that Delaware ratified the new American Constitution. Construction of this state house building had begun in 1787 and was not completed until 1791. When completed, this building served as the statehouse of Delaware until 1933.

Rather, thirty newly elected Delaware delegates gathered on December 7, 1787 at Battell's Tavern in Dover (sometimes also known as the Golden Fleece Tavern) where they unanimously ratified the Constitution. As the first state to ratify the Constitution, Delaware is counted as the first state in the United States.

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