Text of Article 7, Section 1:
This seventh article is merely a post-script to the rest of the Constitution, and has no bearing on the law or the government today. It required nine states to ratify the Constitution before it could take affect on the country as a whole. The text of the article is as follows:
“The Ratification of the Conventions of nine States, shall be sufficient for the Establishment of this Constitution between the States so ratifying the Same.”
Of the original thirteen states, these were the first nine to ratify the Constitution: Delaware (hence its nickname “The First State”), Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, and New Hampshire. The Constitution then technically took effect, though the remaining states of Virginia, New York, North Carolina, and Rhode Island would also ratify the Constitution within a year.