A Constitutional Convention is Called In 1786, 5 states met in Annapolis, Maryland to discuss trade laws.
The Convention's Delegates In May, 1787, 55 delegates from 12 states (no Rhode Island) met in Philadelphia to discuss how the government would be run.
Reps should be based on population and wealth
The Delegates Assemble No one knew what to expect at the Convention, but they all agreed on one thing: a government should protect people's rights.
State's should each have one rep.
The Convention Begins George Washington was elected president of the Convention. It was decided that everything would remain secret, so the doors were guarded and the windows were closed.
The Virginia Plan The Virginia Plan had 3 branches of government. In the legislative branch, reps were based on a state's population and wealth.
The Great Compromise The New Jersey Plan suggested that each state have 1 representative so that the smaller states would have the same amount of representation as the bigger states. They decided that there would be 2 houses in the legislative branch. The senate would have 1 rep from each state. The House of Representatives would have representatives based on population of state and wealth.