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On this date, November 20th, in the year 1789, New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights -- the first 10 amendments to the United States Constitution.
. . . The Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of Public confidence in the Government, will best insure the beneficent ends of its institution; . . .