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From the Blog: The Constitutional Convention Began 229 Years Ago Today

Wed, 25 May 2016

Today marks the 229th anniversary of the start of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on May 25, 1787.  Originally set to begin on May 14, a quorum was not achieved until May 25.

In a letter to Thomas Jefferson dated October 24, 1787, James Madison outlined what was achieved by the Constitutional Convention delegates between May 25 and September 17, 1787:

“It was generally agreed that the objects of the Union could not be secured by any system founded on the principle of a confederation of sovereign States… . Hence was embraced the alternative of a Government which instead of ...

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