The World's Oldest Written Constitution

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    Mike0
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    Dr. Gutzman:

    In lecture #2, “Sam Adams,” you state that Massachusetts possesses the world’s oldest written constitution, having been enacted in 1780. However I was under the impression that Virginia enjoyed this honor, with its constitution having been written in 1776. Is my prior thinking incorrect?

    Many thanks!
    -Mike Tilden
    Firestone, CO

    #21345
    gutzmank
    Participant

    The Virginia Constitution of 1776 was amended in 1830 and replaced in 1851.

    #21346
    Mike0
    Member

    Thanks, Professor. Much obliged.

    #21347
    gutzmank
    Participant

    You’re welcome.

    #21348

    Professor,

    Could you please explain why the VA instrument has a superior claim to that over the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut (1639), the Mayflower Compact (1620), or even the New Hampshire Constitution (January 1776)?

    Thank you very much!!

    -John Winters
    Ithaca, NY

    #21349
    gutzmank
    Participant

    Q: Why isn’t Sir Thomas Dale America’s oldest deputy-governor?
    A: He’s dead.

    #21350

    Professor,

    I don’t understand.

    Also, I wasn’t trying to debate or instigate. Obviously you’re way more knowledgeable than any of us here, which is why we’re here. Just trying to figure out why.

    Thanks again

    #21351
    gutzmank
    Participant

    The Massachusetts Constitution of 1780 is the oldest written constitution in the world. All older ones are defunct.

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