Washington’s copy


This is George Washington’s draft of the Constitution, showing his handwritten notes. The draft was passed on to the Committee of Style to adjust the wording. The final text of the Preamble comes out of this committee’s work. Text adapted from “Draft of the U.S. Constitution (August 1787) and Schedule of the Compensation of the Senate of the United States (March 1791)” (January/February 2011)and "George Washington’s Printed Draft of the Constitution and Mike Wilkins’s Preamble" (May/June 2009) in the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) publication Social Education.

National Archives, Records of the Continental and Confederation Congresses and the Constitutional Convention


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