On September 9, the Johns Creek City Council formally recognized Sept. 16-20, 2013 as National Constitution Week, with a resolution to the National Society of Daughters of the Revolution (DAR), the organization responsible for establishing the national recognition in 1956.
Sharon Sowders and Donna Owens accepted the resolution on behalf of the local Martha Stewart Bulloch Chapter of the Society.
It was in 1787 that the Constitution Convention met in Philadelphia to begin crafting a blueprint for a new nation with a government in which the common people could choose their leaders and make law.
The 55 delegates who made up the Convention ranged in age from 26 to 81. They came from many occupations: lawyers, merchants, planters, educators and investors.
With George Washington presiding, they negotiated the formation of the House of Representatives, the Senate, the Presidency and the Judiciary, all the while balancing competing agendas between big states and small states, and between different geographic sections. Then they added a Bill of Rights to protect the rights of citizens from the government.
The Constitution was finally ratified by the states in 1791.
Editor's note: This was provided by Rosemary Taylor, Communications Director for the City of Johns Creek.