On May 25, 1787, the Constitution Convention met for the first time in the east room of the Pennsylvania State House. Fifty-five delegates from 12 states attended the Constitution Convention.
The Virginia Plan called for a national government with three branches. The three branches included Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Branch.
James Madison proposed a compromise on slavery. This became known as the Three-Fifths Compromise because it seemed the only way to keep the convention moving forward.
The farmers agreed to a single executive, to be called the president. To the keep this leader from becoming too king-liked, they limited the president's term to four years.
By the end of summer, the hard work of designing the Constitution was completed. However, the new proposal still had to be approved by the states. On September 17, 1787, the delegates declared the Constitution complete.