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  • In 1776, a series of events began that would eventually lead to a new form of government for the United States.
  • The 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention, as the Philadelphia  meeting became known, were a very impressive group. About half were lawyers and the other half planters, merchants, and doctors. 
  • Most of the delegates arrived at the Constitutional Convention without a clear idea of what to expect. 
  • The first order of business was to elect a president for the convention. Robert Morris of Pennsylvania nominated George Washington. 
  • On May 29, the delegates began the real work of designing a new national government.
  • In response to the Virginia Plan, New Jersey delegate William Paterson presented an alternative on June 15.
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