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5 Fun Facts About December 15 In Delaware History

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1. In 1791, Delaware became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights, which guarantees individual freedoms such as freedom of speech, religion, and the press.

2. On December 15, 1835, the Wilmington and Susquehanna Railroad was incorporated in Delaware. This railroad transformed transportation in the state, allowing goods and people to move more easily between Delaware and other parts of the country.

3. Delaware's swamp rabbit was declared the state rabbit on December 15, 1983. This small, elusive rabbit is unique to the southeastern United States and is often found in wetlands.

4. On December 15, 1792, Dover's Golden Fleece Tavern hosted the state's first Masonic Lodge meeting. The fraternity is still active in Delaware today, with numerous lodges across the state.

5. In 1793, Delaware's first U.S. Senator, Richard Bassett, resigned from his position due to ill health. This marked a significant moment in the state's political history, as it was the first time a Delaware senator had resigned from office.
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