The Constitution, as reported to Congress and the states, did not exactly suit anyone. It was the result of compromises, in which all had yielded something. It is from this standpoint that we must judge it. The United States Constitution is the product of gradual growth and the needs of the times, not of abstract reasoning.

Even with its compromises, the fate of the proposed Constitution hung in the balance for many months. After eight days' discussion, it was submitted to the several states by Congress. The Delaware Convention led the way by ratifying the Constitution by a unanimous vote on the 6th day of December. Pennsylvania and New Jersey followed during the same month, the latter unanimously, the former by a two-thirds vote. Georgia opened the year 1788 by ratifying it unanimously on January 2nd, and Connecticut followed a week later by a vote of more than three to one. The first hard contest occurred in Massachusetts, where the contest in the convention lasted four weeks. The action of Samuel Adams in finally declaring for it turned the scale and the Constitution was ratified by a vote of 187 to 168. This ratification, however, was accompanied by the proposal of certain amendments to the Constitution which became largely the basis for the first amendments, Maryland in April and South Carolina in May, next ratified the Constitution by large majorities. New Hampshire secured the honor of being the ninth State to ratify the Constitution, and thus assuring its adoption, by ratifying it on June 21st, and Virginia followed four days later. On July 26th, the New York Convention, mainly through the influence of Hamilton, ratified the Constitution by a narrow majority.10 Rhode Island and North Carolina at first rejected the Constitution.