Today in History, September 25, 1789:
The US Congress approves the first ten ammendments to the Constitution, or The Bill of Rights.
The ammendments were more about restricting the powers of government than “bestowing” rights the founders considered natural.
The Bill of Rights would be ratified by the states in December, 1791.
Today in History, January 7, 1789 –
The states first elected their Electoral College electors, who would elect George Washington as the first President. The Electoral College was established so that less populated states would not be left without a say in the choice of the Chief Executive.
If the President was elected by popular vote, the states with the highest population would always made the decision. This was of great concern to the more rural, less populated states.
The system has been tested several times throughout our history, and surely will be again.