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I don't know how odd tidbits get out there, which people then use for arguments, without checking whether the tidbit has any truth to it. One I've seen twice in the past week or so is that one of the signers of the Constitution was 18 years old. One person used this as an argument for supporting Morgan Zegers, who recently graduated from college and is 21. She just lost to Carrie Woerner in the election for the Assembly's 113th District seat.

I can't find any mention of an 18-year-old signing the Constitution. According to americanhistory.org, the youngest delegate to the Constitutional Convention in 1787 was Jonathon Dayton of New Jersey, who was 26. I considered the possibility that the commenter was confused with the signing of the Declaration of Independence, but apparently, the youngest signer of that document was also 26. You can find all kinds of fun facts about these founding documents online. It's undeniable that many of the men who got together to rebel against English rule were young — in their 20s and 30s. They had youthful energy and idealism, and I agree we could use several infusions of that now in our politics.

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Will Doolittle is projects editor at The Post-Star. He may be reached at will@poststar.com and followed on his blog, I think not, and on Twitter at

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