The Last Line of the U.S. Constitution - September 17
- 2013 17 Sep
"Done...the SEVENTEENTH DAY of SEPTEMBER, in the year of our LORD one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven." This was the last line of the U.S. Constitution. A study done by Professors Donald S. Lutz and Charles S. Hyneman, titled "The Relative Influence of European Writers on Late Eighteenth-Century American Political Thought" published in the American Political Science Review, 1984, revealed that after examining nearly 15,000 writings of the 55 writers of the Constitution, including newspaper articles, pamphlets, books and monographs, that the Bible, especially the book of Deuteronomy, contributed 34 percent of all direct quotes made of the Founders. When indirect Bible citations were included, the percentage increased even more. Just ten days after his Inauguration, President George Washington wrote regarding the Constitution to the United Baptist Churches of Virginia, May 10, 1789: "If I could have entertained the slightest apprehension that the Constitution framed by the Convention, where I had the honor to preside, might possibly endanger the religious rights of any ecclesiastical Society, certainly I would never have placed my signature to it."