United States Constitution:Article VII

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For the full text of the U.S. Constitution, see Full Text of the United States Constitution.

Article VII of the United States Constitution explains the Constitution's ratification.

Section 1

Original Text
The Ratification of the Conventions of nine States, shall be sufficient for the Establishment of this Constitution between the States so ratifying the Same.
Article VII specifies that 9 of 13 original states had to ratify the Constitution before it would take effect. New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify the Constitution on June 21, 1788.