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Delaware is considered the "first state," since it was the first to ratify the Constitution on December 7, 1787.

This vote would fix the three-fifths clause in relation to taxation.  It would later be combined with the clause relating to representation into what would become Article I Section 2 of the Constitution.  It is interesting that Delaware is alone in voting against it.  In order to follow the tortured route that the three-fifths clause took on its way to adoption into the Constitution, follow the votes taken in:  (Paragraphs 458, 461, 1229, 1251, 1260, 1289, 1293, 1314, 2078, 2092, and 2702).

Annotated by luzzell on September 05, 2013