P.J. Griekspoor Archives Email Author A Little Something I Learned In England I was amazed to find out that the Magna Carta spent time in the U.S. during WWII Published on: June 23, 2011 Tweet Post to Your Wall. Email Blog RSS Permalink Print While visiting historic sites in England last week, I was surprised to find out something about the Magna Carta that I didn't know. One of the four existing original copies of the document that codifies human rights in the English history tradition (from which our own Constitution was drawn) is on display at the Lincoln Cathedral. According to the documentation there, that copy was on display from 1215 to 1939 in the Cathedral, at which time it was loaned to the United States for display at the 1939 World's Fair in New York. It was still in the U.S. when WWII broke out so England asked the U.S. to keep it in a safe place. They did. It was packaged and stored at Fort Knox until it could be safely returned to the Lincoln Cathedral in 1946. This was the document from which much of the justification of the Declaration of Independence was drawn. How awesome that we helped preserve it for future generations.