Passing Our Bill of Rights, A Timeline

In 1789, James Madison proposed several amendments to the Constitution. The House of Representatives initially approved 17 amendments, and eventually agreed with the Senate on 12 amendments. Only 10 were eventually ratified by the states, and those became the Bill of Rights.[1]National Archives, “Bill of Rights,”, August 13, 2020

The following chart covers:

  1. The Article and Amendment Numbers
  2. 17 Proposed Amendments Passed by the House of Representatives on Aug. 24, 1789 [, “Congress of the United States. In the House of representatives. Monday, 24th August, 1789. Resolved, by the Senate and House of representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, two thirds of both houses deeming it necessary”]
  3. 12 Proposed Amendments to the U.S. Constitution – Passed by Congress and Sent to States on Sept. 25, 1789 [, “Transcription of the 1789 Joint Resolution of Congress Proposing 12 Amendments to the U.S. Constitution”]
  4. The 10 Amendments – Ratified Dec. 15, 1791


1 National Archives, “Bill of Rights,”, August 13, 2020