Delegates to the Constitutional Convention
Convention of May 1787 was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where
delegates from 12 of the 13 states were present. The state of Rhode
Island refused to send a delegate because it was afraid of losing
its states' rights. The delegates worked for 4 months behind closed
doors of the State House to draft a new document known later as
more than fifty delegates from twelve of the original thirteen colonies
met to begin writing the Constitution of the United States.
delegates were selected by their states. They were educated, patriotic,
and experienced men, ranging from the ages of 40 to 81. Benjamin
Franklin was the oldest delegate. Some men were landowners and some
were lawyers or judges. All delegates held at least one public office.
This group is sometimes called the "Founding Fathers."
There were no women or minorities.
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