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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

Signers of the Constitution:
Abraham Baldwin
Richard Bassett
Gunning Bedford, Jr.
John Blair
William Blount
David Brearly
Jacob Broom
Pierce Butler
Daniel Carroll
George Clymer
Jonathan Dayton
John Dickinson
William Few
Thomas Fitzsimons
Benjamin Franklin
Nicholas Gilman
Nathaniel Gorham
Alexander Hamilton
Jared Ingersoll
William Jackson, Secretary (attesting)
Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer
William Samuel Johnson
Rufus King
John Langdon
William Livingston
James Madison
James McHenry
Thomas Mifflin
Gouverneur Morris
Robert Morris
William Paterson
Charles Pinckney
Charles Cotesworth Pinckney
George Read
John Rutledge
Roger Sherman
Richard Dobbs Spaight
George WashingtonPresident of the Convention
Hugh Williamson
James Wilson

Delegates who left the Convention without Signing
William Richardson Davie
Oliver Ellsworth
William Houston
William Houstoun
John Lansing, Jr.
Alexander Martin
Luther Martin
James McClurg
John Francis Mercer
William Pierce
Caleb Strong
George Wythe
Robert Yates

Convention Delegates who refused to Sign
Elbridge Gerry
George Mason
Edmund Randolph