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1787 Constitutional Convention

Constitutional Convention of 1787

The Constitutional Convention took place from May 25 through September 17, 1787, in Philadelphia, PA to address concerns in governing the United States, which up this point had been operating under the Articles of Confederation following independence from England. The Convention was intended to revise the Articles of Confederation, the intention from the outset of many of its proponents, chief among them James Madison and Alexander Hamilton, was to create a new government rather than fix the existing one.

The delegates elected George Washington to preside over the Convention. The result of the Convention was the creation of the United States Constitution, placing the Convention among the most significant events in the United States history.

Delegates to the 1787 Constitutional Convention