The Founding Fathers: Delegates to the Constitutional Convention

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Introduction

On February 21, 1787, the Continental Congress resolved that:

…it is expedient that on the second Monday in May next a Convention of delegates who shall have been appointed by the several States be held at Philladelphia for the sole and express purpose of revising the Articles of Confederation….

The original states, except Rhode Island, collectively appointed 70 individuals to the Constitutional Convention, but a number did not accept or could not attend. Those who did not attend included Richard Henry Lee, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Samuel Adams, and John Hancock.

In all, 55 delegates attended the Constitutional Convention sessions. Only 39, however, actually signed the Constitution. The delegates ranged in age from Jonathan Dayton, 26, to Benjamin Franklin, 81, who was so infirm that he had to be carried to sessions in a sedan chair.

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Chicago: "Introduction," The Founding Fathers: Delegates to the Constitutional Convention in United States. National Archives and Records Service, the Founding Fathers: Delegates to the Constitutional Convention (Washington, D.C.: Www.Nara.Gov/Exhall/Charters /Constitution/Confath.Html, 1998) Original Sources, accessed May 18, 2022, http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=YCLCPFKKCHP6S6P.

MLA: . "Introduction." The Founding Fathers: Delegates to the Constitutional Convention, in United States. National Archives and Records Service, the Founding Fathers: Delegates to the Constitutional Convention (Washington, D.C.: Www.Nara.Gov/Exhall/Charters /Constitution/Confath.Html, 1998), Original Sources. 18 May. 2022. http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=YCLCPFKKCHP6S6P.

Harvard: , 'Introduction' in The Founding Fathers: Delegates to the Constitutional Convention. cited in , United States. National Archives and Records Service, the Founding Fathers: Delegates to the Constitutional Convention (Washington, D.C.: Www.Nara.Gov/Exhall/Charters /Constitution/Confath.Html, 1998). Original Sources, retrieved 18 May 2022, from http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=YCLCPFKKCHP6S6P.