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Constitutional Convention People
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James Madison (1751-1836) was the principal architect of the United States Constitution and the fourth president of the United States. During the Revolution, he helped draft Virginia's state consti...
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) was one of the most celebrated of America's Founding Fathers, a man who enjoyed success as an inventor, scientist, printer, politician, and diplomat. He helped to draf...
George Washington (1732-1799) was commander of the Continental Army during the American Revolution and the first president of the United States of America. A Virginia planter, surveyor, and land sp...
Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804) was the first Secretary of the Treasury of the United States. He earned George Washington's respect during the unsuccessful defense of New York City during the Revolu...
George Mason (1725-1792), a Virginian, was one of the most important delegates to the Constitutional Convention, one of the richest men in his state, and one of the most prominent Founding Fathers....
Elbridge Gerry (1744-1814) was the Vice President of the United States during the James Madison administration and a signer of the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation. Ger...
Edmund Randolph (1753-1813) was a Virginia lawyer who served in the Continental army as aide-de-camp to George Washington. He was a member of the Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1776, state a...
Gouverneur Morris (1752-1816) was a conservative statesman, a Federalist Senator in the early republic, a financial expert who planned the U.S. coinage system, and a distinguished diplomat. He serv...
Rufus King (1755-1827) was one of the Founding Fathers. He served briefly in the American Revolution, practiced law in Massachusetts, and became a member of the Massachusetts General Court from 178...
Roger Sherman (1721-1793) was a drafter and signer of the Declaration of Independence. He was a longtime member of the Continental Congress (1774-81, 1783-84), helped to draw up the Articles of Con...
John Jay (1745-1829) was the first chief justice of the United States Supreme Court, a delegate to the First and Second Continental Congresses, and an American diplomat to Spain and Great Britain....
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