The Continental Experiences of the Delegates

Declaration of Independence Signers


George Clymer (PA)
Benjamin Franklin (PA)
Elbridge Gerry (MA)
Robert Morris (PA)
George Read (DE)
Roger Sherman (CT)
James Wilson (PA)
George Wythe (VA)

Continental Congress Experience


George Clymer (PA)
John Dickinson (DE)
Oliver Ellsworth (CT)
William Few (PA)
Benjamin Franklin (PA)
Elbridge Gerry (MA)
Nathaniel Gorham (MA)
William C. Houston (NJ)
Jared Ingersoll (PA)
Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer (MD)
William Samuel Johnson (CT)
John Langdon (NH)
William Livingston (NJ)
James Madison Jr. (VA)
Gouverneur Morris (PA)
Robert Morris (PA)
Thomas Mifflin (PA)
Charles Pinckney (SC)
Edmund J. Randolph (VA)
George Read (DE)
John Rutledge (SC)
Roger Sherman (CT)
George Washington (VA)
James Wilson (PA)
George Wythe (VA)

State Constitution Convention Attendees


Richard Bassett (DE)
John Blair (VA)
David Brearly (NJ)
George Clymer (PA)
William Few (GA)
Nathaniel Gorham (MA)
James Madison Jr. (VA)
George Mason (VA)
Gouverneur Morris (PA)
William Paterson (NJ)
Edmund J. Randolph (VA)
George Read (DE)
John Rutledge (SC)
Caleb Strong (MA)
Robert Yates (NY)

Articles of Confederation Signers


Daniel Carroll (MD)
John Dickinson (DE)
Elbridge Gerry (MA)
Gouverneur Morris (PA)
Robert Morris (PA)
Roger Sherman (CT)

Confederation Congress Experience


Abraham Baldwin (GA)
Gunning Bedford, Jr. (DE)
William Blount (NC)
Pierce Butler (SC)
Daniel Carroll (MD)
George Clymer (PA)
Jonathon Dayton (NJ)
John Dickinson (DE)
Oliver Ellsworth (CT)
William Few (GA)
Thomas Fitzsimons (PA)
Benjamin Franklin (PA)
Elbridge Gerry (MA)
Nicholas Gilman (NH)
Nathaniel Gorham (MA)
Alexander Hamilton (NY)
William Houstoun (GA)
William C. Houston (NJ)
Jared Ingersoll (PA)
Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer (MD)
William Samuel Johnson (CT)
Rufus King (MA)
John Langdon (NH)
John Lansing, Jr. (NY)
James Madison Jr. (VA)
Alexander Martin (NC)
Luther Martin (MD)
James McHenry (MD)
John F. Mercer (MD)
Gouverneur Morris (PA)
Robert Morris (PA)
Thomas Mifflin (PA)
William L. Pierce (GA)
Charles Pinckney (SC)
Edmund J. Randolph (VA)
John Rutledge (SC)
Roger Sherman (CT)
Richard Dobbs Spaight (NC)
James Wilson (PA)
Hugh Williamson (NC)

Annapolis Convention Signers


Richard Bassett (DE)
John Dickinson (DE)
Alexander Hamilton (NY)
William C. Houston (NJ)
James Madison Jr. (VA)
Edmund J. Randolph (VA)
George Read (DE)

Federal Constitution Signers


Abraham Baldwin (GA)
Richard Bassett (DE)
Gunning Bedford, Jr. (DE)
John Blair (VA)
William Blount (NC)
David Brearly (NJ)
Jacob Broom (NJ)
Pierce Butler (SC)
Daniel Carroll (MD)
George Clymer (PA)
Jonathan Dayton (NJ)
John Dickinson (DE)
William Few (GA)
Thomas Fitzsimons (PA)
Benjamin Franklin (PA)
Nicholas Gilman (NH)
Nathaniel Gorham (MA)
Alexander Hamilton (NY)
Jared Ingersoll (PA)
Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer (MD)
William Samuel Johnson (CT)
Rufus King (MA)
John Langdon (NH)
William Livingston (NJ)
James McHenry (MD)
James Madison Jr. (VA)
Thomas Mifflin (PA)
Gouverneur Morris (PA)
Robert Morris (PA)
William Paterson (NJ)
Charles Pinckney (SC)
Charles Cotesworth Pinckney (SC)
George Read (DE)
John Rutledge (SC)
Roger Sherman (CT)
Richard Dobbs Spaight (NC)
George Washington (VA)
Hugh Williamson (NC)
James Wilson (PA)

State Ratification Convention Attendees


Richard Bassett (DE)
Gunning Bedford, Jr. (DE)
William Blount (NC)
David Brearly (NJ)
William R. Davie (NC)
Oliver Ellsworth (CT)
William Few (GA)
Nicholas Gilman (NH)
Nathaniel Gorham (MA)
Alexander Hamilton (NY)
William Samuel Johnson (CT)
Rufus King (MA)
John Langdon (NH)
John Lansing, Jr. (NY)
James Madison Jr. (VA)
Luther Martin (MD)
George Mason (VA)
James McHenry (MD)
John F. Mercer (MD)
Charles Pinckney (SC)
Charles Cotesworth Pinckney (SC)
Edmund J. Randolph (VA)
John Rutledge (SC)
Roger Sherman (CT)
Richard Dobbs Spaight (NC)
Caleb Strong (MA)
James Wilson (PA)
George Wythe (VA)
Robert Yates (NY)

New Federal Congress Experience


Abraham Baldwin (GA)
Richard Bassett (DE)
William Blount (NC)
Pierce Butler (SC)
Daniel Carroll (MD)
George Clymer (PA)
Jonathan Dayton (NJ)
Oliver Ellsworth (CT)
William Few (GA)
Thomas Fitzsimons (PA)
Elbridge Gerry (MA)
Nicholas Gilman (NH)
William Samuel Johnson (CT)
Rufus King (MA)
John Langdon (NH)
James Madison Jr. (VA)
Alexander Martin (NC)
John F. Mercer (MD)
Gouverneur Morris (PA)
Robert Morris (PA)
William Paterson (NJ)
Charles Pinckney (SC)
George Read (DE)
Roger Sherman (CT)
Richard Dobbs Spaight (NC)
Caleb Strong (MA)
Hugh Williamson (NC)

Contents

Introduction

The year was 1787. The place: the State House in Philadelphia. This is the story of the framing of the federal Constitution.

The Convention

Read the four-act drama and day-by-day summary by Gordon Lloyd, as well as Madison’s Notes on the Convention.

Interactive Map of Historic Philadelphia in the Late 18th Century

Learn about historic Philadelphia and where the founders stayed, ate, and met.

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