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THIS DAY IN VIRGINIA HISTORY

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September 25, 1789

Bill of Rights to the United States Constitution, 1789, Manuscript, Records of the General Assembly, Executive Communications, Record Group 78, Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

The Bill of Rights Was Submitted to the States

In the summer of 1789 James Madison (1751–1836), of Virginia, introduced a series of constitutional amendments in the United States House of Representatives. Congress approved twelve of the proposed amendments and submitted them to the states for ratification or rejection. The first of the proposed amendments was never ratified. The third through twelfth received approval by the tenth state Virginia, on December 15, 1791, and became known as the Bill of Rights. Among the rights guaranteed are freedom of speech, the right to bear arms, and freedom of assembly. The second of the proposed amendments was ratified in 1992.