" All American Veterans"

THE FOUNDING FATHERS

The Founding Fathers Delegates to the Constitutional Convention On February 21, 1787, the Continental Congress resolved that: ...it is expedient that on the second Monday in May next a Convention of delegates who shall have been appointed by the several States be held at Philladelphia for the sole and express purpose of revising the Articles of Confederation... The original states, except Rhode Island, collectively appointed 70 individuals to the Constitutional Convention, but a number did not accept or could not attend. Those who did not attend included Richard Henry Lee, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Samuel Adams and, John Hancock. In all, 55 delegates attended the Constitutional Convention sessions, but only 39 actually signed the Constitution. The delegates ranged in age from Jonathan Dayton, aged 26, to Benjamin Franklin, aged 81, who was so infirm that he had to be carried to sessions in a sedan chair.

The Founding Fathers who were delegates to the Constitutional Convention. (* indicates delegates who did not sign the Constitution)

CONNECTCUT

William. Samuel Johnson

Roger Sherman

Oliver Ellsworth (Elsworth)*

DELAWARE

George Read

Gunning Bedford, Jr.

John Dickinson

Richard Bassett

Jacob Broom

GEORGIA

William Few

Abraham Baldwin

William Houston*

William L. Pierce*

MARYLAND

James McHenry

Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer

Daniel Carroll

Luther Martin*

John F. Mercer*

MASSACHUSETTS

Nathaniel Gorham

Rufus King

Elbridge Gerry*

Caleb Strong*

NEW HAMPSHIRE

John Langdon

Nicholas Gilman

NEW JERSEY

William Livingston

David Brearly (Brearley)

William Paterson (Patterson)

Jonathan Dayton

William C. Houston*

NEW YORK

Alexander Hamilton

John Lansing, Jr.*

Robert Yates*

NORTH CAROLINA

William. Blount

Richard. Dobbs Spaight

Hugh Williamson

William R. Davie*

Alexander Martin*

PENNSYLVANIA

Benjamin Franklin

Thomas Mifflin

Robert Morris

George Clymer

Thomas Fitzsimons (FitzSimons; Fitzsimmons)

Jared Ingersoll

James Wilson

Gouverneur Morris

SOUTH CAROLINA

John Rutledge

Charles Cotesworth Pinckney

Charles Pinckney

Pierce Butler Rhode Island

RHODE ISLAND did not send any delegates to the Constitutional Convention.

VIRGINIA

John Blair

James Madison Jr.

George Washington

George Mason*

James McClurg*

Edmund J. Randolph*

George Wythe*

"Under construction."


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