Constitutional Convention Snapshot
By Fletcher Hubbard
The Constitutional Convention
- May 25, 1787 - September 17, 1787
- While the original plan had been to revise the Articles of Confederation, the hidden intentions of the more radical attendees of the Convention were to create an entirely new government.
- George Washington was elected amongst the group to act as moderator.
- Lasted for multiple days due to the intensive debate which took place, often about representation of states.
- The most heated debate was the argument over two different plans for representation -- The Virginia Plan, versus the New Jersey plan.
Supporters of The Virginia Plan
Supporters of The New Jersey Plan
- Born December 24, 1745, in County Antrim, Ireland.
- Wrote and presented the New Jersey Plan to the convention.
- Second Governor of New Jersey.
- Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
- In office from March 4, 1793 - September 8, 1806.
- From 1776 - 1783, he served as New Jersey's attorney general.
- Born June 11, 1745, in Spring Grove, New Jersey.
- Signed the U.S. Constitution on behalf of New Jersey.
- Supported the New Jersey plan, and a follower of William Paterson.
- From 1779 - 1789, he served as a New Jersey Supreme Court Justice.
- During the convention, he was the chairman of the Committee of Postponed Parts, which played a vital role in assembling the final document.
- The debate of slavery legality.
- How states and population would be represented.
- If slaves counted towards population.
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