United States of America.
The constitution framed for the Unìted States of
America, by a Convention of Deputies from the States
of New Hampshire, Massachussetis, Connecticut, New
York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Mary-
land, Virginia. North Carolina, South Carolina, and
Georgia, at a session begun May 25, and ended Sep- tember 17. 1787.
We, the People of the United States, in order to form a more
perfect union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide
for the common defence, promote the general welfare, and secure
the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and
establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
All legislative powers herein granted, shall be vested in a Con-
gress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House
1. The House of Representatives shall consist of members chosen
every second year, by the people of the several states, and the elec-
tors in each state, shall have the qualifications requisite for electors
of the most numerous branch of the state Legislature.
2. No person shall be a representative who shall not have attain-
ed to the age of twenty-five years, and been seven years a citizen o the United States; and who shall not, when elected, be an inhab-
of that state in which he shall be chosen.