Constitutional Convention
Independence Hall in 1776. (c. 1855) Library Company of Philadelphia Digital Collections. Gift of David Doret.

The Constitutional Convention

The year was 1787. The place: the State House in Philadelphia, the same location where the Declaration of Independence had been signed 11 years earlier. For four months, 55 delegates from the several states met to frame a Constitution for a federal republic that would last into “remote futurity.” This is the story of the delegates to that convention and the framing of the federal Constitution. Use the links on this page to explore the various elements of the Convention.

Introduction to this Exhibit

by Gordon Lloyd

Introduction to the Constitutional Convention

by Gordon Lloyd

Constitutional Convention
Washington as Statesman at the Constitutional Convention. Junius Brutus Stearns (1856). Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 50.2.1.

The Constitutional Convention as a Four Act Drama

by Gordon Lloyd

Day-by-Day Summary of the Convention and Timeline

by Gordon Lloyd

Constitutional Convention Video

Notes of Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787

by James Madison

The Delegates

by Gordon Lloyd

John Bradford, “Constitutional Convention,” 60×78 acrylic and oil on canvas, 2018. Courtesy of the artist.

Convention Attendance Record

by Gordon Lloyd

Committee Assignments Chart

by Gordon Lloyd

Howard Chandler Christie, Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States, 1940. United States Capitol.

Selected Correspondence from the Convention

Compiled by Gordon Lloyd

Major Themes at the Constitutional Convention

by Gordon Lloyd

Constitutional Convention
The Signing of the United States Constitution, Louis S. Glanzman (1987) Commissioned by the PA, DE, NJ State Societies, Daughters of the American Revolution.Independence National Historical Park Collection.

Artistic Interpretations of the Constitutional Convention

by Gordon Lloyd and Jacklin Boyadjian 

Entertainment of George Washington at City Tavern in Philadelphia

Sketch of Tun Tavern in the Revolutionary War

The Constitution