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Ratification

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Alexander Hamilton

Although the Constitution could officially have been declared ratified when nine states had agreed to it, New York and Virginia were such important hold-outs that the new nation would almost certainly fail without them. Alexander Hamilton and John Jay, both of them authors of the Federalist Papers , threatened to have NewYork City seceed if the whole state would not ratify it. Such was their power and prestige, that New York ratification soon followed.

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