Which Were the Last Two States to Ratify the Constitution?


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The last two states to ratify the U.S. Constitution were North Carolina and Rhode Island. North Carolina voted to ratify the Constitution in 1789, and Rhode Island followed in 1790.

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North Carolina originally balked at voting to ratify the Constitution, but when Congress floated the idea of a bill of rights, North Carolina changed its stance.

Rhode Island originally rejected the Constitution outright in 1788 by a popular referendum; the people of Rhode Island voted against it. However, the state was faced with the possibility of being looked at as a foreign country. With the pressure mounting, the state ratified the Constitution by only two votes during the ratifying convention in 1790.

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