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U.S. Constitution: proto-benchmarking?

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Few documents have proven as durable as the U.S. Constitution. Although some television documentaries would like us to believe that Thomas Jefferson and his peers conceived it in a flash of inspiration, they didn’t.

Instead, the Founding Fathers based it on the constitutions of Massachusetts and other states, as well as on English models.

It goes to prove that benchmarking contributed to the way those great men thought, even though the term wouldn’t be coined for another 200-plus years.

-- Adapted from America’s Constitution: A Biography, Akhil Reed Amar, Random House.

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