The Convention

The main chamber of the Constitutional Convention, consisting of all delegates.

U.S. Constitutional Convention 1787 (2019 Edition)

Grand Convention at Philadelphia, May to September, 1787, Quill Project 2019 Edition.

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Sessions (98)

Date appointed for start of Convention. Only a few delegates present.

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One delegate arrived. Meeting time altered.

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One delegate arrived.

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Delegates met, no arrivals. Still not quorate.

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Convened and elected officers. Chose a committee to prepare rules.

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Report of the Rules Committee accepted. Additional rules proposed.

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Additional rules agreed. Virginia Plan and Pinckney Plan proposed.

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The Convention resolved itself into Committee of the Whole House.

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The Convention resolved itself into Committee of the Whole House.

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Several delegates arrived. The Convention resolved itself into Committee of the Whole House. Washington cautioned delegates on secrecy.

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Several delegates arrived. The Convention resolved itself into Committee of the Whole House.

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The Convention resolved itself into Committee of the Whole House.

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The Convention resolved itself into Committee of the Whole House.

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The Convention resolved itself into Committee of the Whole House.

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The Convention resolved itself into Committee of the Whole House.

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Initial plan of Committee of the Whole House reported.

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Consideration of the plan reported by Committee of the Whole House postponed.

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New Jersey Plan proposed. The Convention resolved itself into Committee of the Whole House.

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The Convention resolved itself into Committee of the Whole House.

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The Convention resolved itself into Committee of the Whole House.

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Committee of the Whole House reported.

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Resolutions 1 and 2. Debated the issue of a two-house legislature.

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Resolutions 2 and 3. Debated composition of first branch of the legislature.

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Resolution 3. Debated composition of first branch of the legislature.

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Resolution 3. Debated composition of first branch of the legislature.

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Resolution 4. Debated composition of second branch of the legislature.

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Resolution 4 and 5. Debated composition of second branch of the legislature.

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Resolutions 7 and 8. Debated representation in each branch of the legislature.

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Resolutions 7 and 8. Debated representation in each branch of the legislature. Franklin called for prayers.

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Resolutions 7 and 8. Agreed proportional representation in the first branch. Connecticut Compromise proposed.

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Resolution 8. Connecticut Compromise debated.

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Resolutions 7 and 8 sent to a committee. Connecticut Compromise rejected. Convention adjourned for Independence Day.

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First Committee on Representation reported. Connecticut Compromise reintroduced.

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Report of First Committee on Representation debated. First proposition sent to a committee.

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Report of First Committee on Representation debated. Equal vote for each state in second branch agreed.

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Second Committee on Representation reported. Its First Proposition sent to a committee.

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Report of Third Committee on Representation agreed.

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New York delegation left the Convention. Report of Second Committee on Representation debated. Three Fifths Clause re-proposed.

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Report of Second Committee on Representation debated. Three Fifths Clause agreed.

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Report of Second Committee on Representation debated. Balance of taxation to representation considered.

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Report of Second Committee on Representation agreed. Representation again debated.

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Report of First Committee on Representation agreed. Connecticut Compromise accepted.

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Resolutions 6 and 9. Debated the powers and election of the executive.

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Resolutions 9, 11-16. Debated the role and powers of the judiciary.

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Resolution 9. Debated the powers and election of the executive.

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Resolution 9. Debated the powers and election of the executive.

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Resolutions 10 and 11. Debated the powers and election of the executive. Appointment of judiciary considered.

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New Hampshire delegation arrived. Resolutions 17, 18, and 19. Debated ratification. Created Committee of Detail.

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Committee of Detail elected. Resolution 9 resumed. Election of executive debated.

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Resolution 9. Election of executive debated.

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Resolution 9 agreed. Convention adjourned to allow Committee of Detail to frame a Constitution.

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Convention resumed. Committee of Detail reported.

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Report of Committee of Detail considered. First three articles agreed. Qualifications of electors debated.

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Article IV: Sections 1 to 5. Composition of House of Representatives debated. Right to originate Money Bills struck out.

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Articles IV to VI. Debated composition of the Senate and time and place of elections.

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Articles IV and VI. Property qualifications debated again. Several regulations for Congress agreed.

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Article VI: Sections 7 and 8. Several regulations for Congress agreed. Reconsideration of Money Bills agreed.

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Several sections reconsidered. Qualifications for both Houses debated. Amendment that Money Bills originate in House defeated.

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Article VI: Sections 9 and 10. Several regulations for Congress agreed.

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Article VI, Section 11 to 13. Final regulations for Congress agreed. Presidential veto debated.

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Article VII: Section 1. Enumeration of Congressional powers debated.

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Article VII: Section 1. Debate on enumeration of Congressional powers continued.

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Article VII: Section 1. Additional Congressional powers referred to Committee of Detail. Appointed Committee on State Debts and Militia. Session times extended.

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Article VII: Sections 1 to 3. Further Congressional powers referred to Committee of Detail. Treason, tax, House apportionment, and a census considered.

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Committee of State Debts and Militia reported. Article VII: Sections 3 and 4. Slavery and taxation debated.

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Committee on Slave Trade and Navigation appointed. Second Report of the Committee of Detail received. Report of the Committee on State Debts and Militia debated.

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Report of the Committee on State Debts and Militia agreed. Article VII: Sections I and VII and Article VIII agreed. Article IX (Senate’s power over treaties and appointments) considered.

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Committee on Slave Trade and Navigation reported. Articles IX and X. Controversies among states and executive powers debated. Session times reduced.