May 23, 1788 — Today, South Carolina became the 8th state to ratify the US Constitution. The assembly was held in Charleston; delegates Pierce Butler, John Rutledge, Charles Pinckney, and Charles Cotesworth Pinckney represented the state.
Because the state’s wealth depended on slavery, ratification included “the 3/5ths compromise,” which allowed Southern states to include slaves in their population tallies — even though they had no rights as citizens.
Nonetheless, this enabled South Carolina, along with other states in the south, the ability to have a larger representation in Congress.
Also noteworthy: South Carolina was the first state to ratify the Articles of Confederation — and on Dec. 20, 1860, it became the first state to vote to secede from the Union.
Words of Wisdom for May 23, 2016
“The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.”
— Benjamin Franklin ( January 6, 1705] – April 17, 1790) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. A renowned polymath, Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. As an inventor, he is known for the lightning rod, bifocals, and the Franklin stove, among other inventions. He facilitated many civic organizations, including Philadelphia's fire department and a university.