Constitutional Convention

May 25 to September 17, 1787

Constitutional convention Summary

The conventions intent was to revise the articles of confederation, but the intentions of some of the people was to create a whole new government instead of fixing the existing one. George Washington was the one to preside over the convention. The ending result of the convention was the creation of the Constitution of the United States, which placed the convention as one of the most significant events in United States history.

The Virginia Plan

This was a proposal by the Virginia delegates for a bicameral legislative branch. This means that the states with a larger population would have more representatives that states with a smaller population. Of course larger states preferred this while smaller states mostly opposed of this plan.

The New Jersey Plan

The plan was created in response to the Virginia Plan, which wanted two houses of congress, both elected according to the population. The less populated states were opposed to giving most of the national government control to the more populous states.
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Edmund Randolph

He introduced the Virginia Plan as a outline for a new government. He was in favor for a strong central government.

Problems at the Convention

  • There were only a few selected delegates from each state.
  • The secretary kept very little notes with very little detail in them.
  • Convention was held as a secret
  • Kept referring to the history of England