Constitutional Convention Snapshot

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Constitutional Convention

In September 1786, at the Annapolis Convention, delegates from five states called for a Constitutional Convention in order to discuss possible improvements to the Articles of Confederation. TheConstitutional Convention took place in Philadelphia on May 14, 1787.

Virginia Plan

The Virginia Plan was a proposal by Virginia delegates for a bicameral legislative branch. The plan was drafted by James Madison while he waited for a quorum to assemble at the Constitutional Convention of 1787. The Constitutional Convention gathered in Philadelphia to revise the Articles of Confederation. The Virginia delegation took the initiative to frame the debate by immediately drawing up and presenting a proposal, for which delegate James Madison is given chief credit. However, it was Edmond Randolf, the Virginia governor at the time, who officially put it before the convention on May 29, 1787, in the form of 15 resolutions.

New Jersey Plan

The New Jersey Plan was a proposal for the structure of the United States Government presented by William Paterson at the Constitutional Convention on June 15, 1787. Under the New Jersey Plan, the unicameral legislature with one vote per state was inherited from the Articles of Confederation. This position reflected the belief that the states were independent entities and, as they entered the United States of America freely and individually

Two famous supporters of the Virginia Plan

Two Famous supporters of the Virginia Plan were James Madison and Edmund Rudolf and James Madison

New Jersey Plan

Two famous supporters of the New Jersey Plan were William Paterson and Edmund Randolf.

Pictures of each supporter

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Problems at the Convention

The Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia met between May and September of 1787 to address the problems of the weak central government that existed under the Articles of Confederation.