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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for Sept. 17: U.S. Constitution


WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 -- Following is the daily “Profile America” feature for Sept. 17 from the U.S. Census Bureau:


Profile America for Saturday, Sept. 17. This is an important day in the history of the nation. Meeting in Philadelphia in 1787, delegates from 12 of the 13 states voted unanimously to approve the proposed new Constitution of the United States. This much stronger document replaced the former colonies’ first attempt at organization, called the “Articles of Confederation.” The new Constitution was formally ratified in July 1788. It called for a census to determine the number of seats each state had in the House of Representatives, based on population. The first census in 1790 resulted in a house with 106 members. Now, the house has a fixed number at 435, and California has a 53-member delegation. Find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau on the Web at

Sources: Chase’s Calendar of Events 2005, p. 483; Statistical Abstract of the United States 2004-2005, t. 390,


Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments ready to air on a monthly CD or on Internet at (look under the “Newsroom” button). For further information, contact Rick Reed at 301-763-2812, fax at 301-457-3670, or e-mail at


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