Meeting of the Constitutional Convention Philadelphia Friday, May 25, 1787

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Meeting of the Constitutional Convention


Friday, May 25, 1787
You will take the identity of a Founding Father, and will prepare and debate the proposed constitution. You will read their actual conversations for ideas, but you need to prepare statements that explain what they would say in today’s language. (So DON’T just read their conversations to us….that’s not the assignment!) You should also argue any other relevant information and should jump into other arguments as you see fit. George Washington will keep order, so you must be recognized by him to speak. As tensions rise, Decorum is mandated so not following protocol will negatively affect you.
Due to the sensitive nature of these discussions, we will hold our Convention in a locked room with all windows shut. Absolutely no word should leak out to the public or press, as it may hinder our advancement towards our goals if we cannot speak freely. NOTE: Okay, maybe not…but be advised that during the summer in Philadelphia, this was their policy. Temperatures often rose into the high 90s with extremely high humidity….and yes, they were wearing full, formal, 1787 attire….can you imagine? THESE MEETINGS WERE EVERY DAY UNTIL OCTOBER!)
Delegates (*signifies they did not sign the Constitution)

William. Samuel Johnson

Roger Sherman

Oliver Ellsworth (Elsworth)* Delaware

George Read

Gunning Bedford, Jr.

John Dickinson

Richard Bassett

Jacob Broom

William Few

Abraham Baldwin

William Houston*

William L. Pierce* Maryland

James McHenry

Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer

Daniel Carroll

Luther Martin*

John F. Mercer*


Nathaniel Gorham

Rufus King

Elbridge Gerry*

Caleb Strong* New Hampshire

John Langdon

Nicholas Gilman
New Jersey

William Livingston

David Brearly (Brearley)

William Paterson (Patterson)

Jonathan Dayton

William C. Houston* New York

Alexander Hamilton

John Lansing, Jr.*

Robert Yates*
North Carolina

William. Blount

Richard. Dobbs Spaight

Hugh Williamson

William R. Davie*

Alexander Martin* Pennsylvania

Benjamin Franklin

Thomas Mifflin

Robert Morris

George Clymer

Thomas Fitzsimons (FitzSimons; Fitzsimmons)

Jared Ingersoll

James Wilson

Gouverneur Morris

South Carolina

John Rutledge

Charles Cotesworth Pinckney

Charles Pinckney

Pierce Butler Rhode Island

John Blair

James Madison Jr.

George Washington

George Mason*

James McClurg*

Edmund J. Randolph*

George Wythe*

Rhode Island did not send any delegates to the Constitutional Convention.

Agenda: 3 Main Issues To Resolve

  1. Welcome and call to order, explanation of rules/proceedings

  2. Biographical Background and Introductions

  3. Issue of Representation: Virginia Plan (presented by James Madison) and New Jersey Plan (presented by William Livingston)

  4. Issue of Slavery

  5. Issue of a Bill of Rights, to possibly be added to the Constitution

  6. Final vote and remarks

Written portion: Who your person was and a brief background of your delegate (1 paragraph), and what they thought about each issue they spoke about. (2-3 paragraphs) Do you agree with your delegate? Why or why not?

Participation Grade: 100 points

Written Portion: 100 points

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