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As the United States' government is now shut down, I cannot help but think of the law of the land. The US Constitution was the first of its kind and has been an influence on several other constitutions around the world. Think what you will about the people running the government, the law itself is pretty impressive. So, let's take a look at the names of the men who signed the law that allows something like a shutdown to happen but also still holds the country together. On September 17, 1787, 40 men signed the Constitution, and their names are:
Gunning Bedford, Jr.
Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer
John Blair, Jr.
James Madison, Jr.
Richard Dobbs Spaight
Charles Cotesworth (C.C.) Pinckney
William Few, Jr.
William Samuel Johnson
Robert Morris, Jr.
There are definitely a number of traditional names in the bunch, such as George, William, James, Thomas, Daniel and John. But there are also some great standouts, like Gunning, Hugh, Pierce, Abraham, Rufus, and Gouverneur! The surnames are also wonderful to consider; my favorites are Blair, Rutledge, Langdon, Shermon, Livingston, Dayton, Morris and Fitzsimons.
If you had to use one of the signers' names, which would you choose?