Now that we have elected George to be the president of the convention, let's vote on rules.
Nothing that is said in this room shall be mentioned to the public until we are done with our work.
by Benjamin YoungWarmboePeriod 2
Representatives for each state should be proportional to population!
Why don't we make a compromise?
But that gives an unfair advantage to larger states!
Once all 55 delegates had arrived, the constitutional convention started. First, the delegates elected George Washington as the president of the convention, then they went on to voting on rules
We can't make the president too powerful. Remember what happened under Britain's rule?
We shall make the president's term only 4 years.
The delegates decided that one of the rules would be the rule of secrecy. This rule stated that everything said in the convention would stay in the convention. This rule was added so that delegates would be able to speak their mind without the public being alarmed.
Although this new government is not perfect I believe that it is the best we can do.
Madison proposed the Virginia plan, this plan stated that a states representatives would be determined based on the states population. William Patterson proposed the New Jersey Plan that stated that each state would have the same number of representatives, no matter the state's population. Finally compromise was reached when Roger Sherman introduced the Compromise plan. This plan stated that one house would have representatives based on a state's population, and the other would have a set number.
When the topic of a chief executive came up many delegates were scared that America would become a monarchy like Britain. To limit the chief executive's power the delegates agreed to make the chief executive's term only 4 years. To elect this chief executive, the framers agreed on the electoral college system because they believed that people would vote for candidates from their state exclusively because of a lack of knowledge of other candidates,
Once the Constitution was completed only 39 of the original 55 delegates signed the Constitution. The delegates who did not sign argued that it gave too much power to the national government.