... 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...
Assembly Room in Independence Hall, Philadelphia,
site of the signing of the Constitution in 1787.
Photo courtesy of Independence National Historical Park.
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.
Ellsworth (Elsworth), Oliver*
Johnson, William S.
Bassett (Basset), Richard
Bedford, Gunning, Jr.
Pierce, William L.*
Jenifer, Daniel of St. Thomas
Mercer, John F.*
Brearly (Brearley), David
Houston, William C.*
Paterson (Patterson), William
Lansing, John, Jr.*
Yates, Robert *
Davie, William R.*
Martin, Alexander *
Spaight, Richard D.
Pinckney, Charles Cotesworth
Rhode Island did not send any delegates to the Constitutional Convention.
Mason, George *
Randolph, Edmund J.*
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