The Pennsylvania Gazette

September 1786

Constitutional Convention

September 1786, the purpose for the convention was to address problems of the weak central government that existed under the Articles of Confederation. Under these articles, the federal government faced many challenges, due to its inability to pass or enforce laws that each individual state's found interest in. 3 years ago the Treaty of Paris, ended the American war, stipulated debts owed by Americans to British were to be honored, and that former British loyalists could bring forth suits in U.S, courts to recover property. Madison wanted the number of delegates from each state to be based on state’s population, but delegates from smaller states thought that would give bigger states more power. In attempting to resolve issues, the delegates of the Constitutional Convention created a model of government that relied upon a series of checks and balances by dividing federal authority between the Legislative, the Judicial, and the Executive branches of government. 55 delegates attended the Canstitutional Convention, but only 39 signed the constitution.