Connecticut Celebrates Birth of Its Constitution

United Press International

Gov. William A. O’Neill led other state officials Saturday in marking the 350th anniversary of the signing of the Fundamental Orders, a document called the world’s first written constitution to form a government.

The signing on Jan. 14, 1639, gave Connecticut the nickname Constitution State. The Fundamental Orders were based on a sermon by the Rev. Thomas Hooker, who led a group from Massachusetts to settle Hartford in 1636.