The 225th Anniversary of the Constitutional Convention
Independence National Historical Park
"It appears to me, then, little short of a miracle, that the Delegates from so many different States... should unite in forming a system of national Government, so little liable to well founded objections."
-George Washington to Marquis de Lafayette, February 7, 1788
Join us in commemorating the 225th anniversary of the Constitutional Convention with a glimpse into the debates that resulted in an enduring framework of government. Read day-by-day entries recording the proposals, conflicts and compromises as the men struggled to live up to the resolution that had called them to Philadelphia to "render the constitution of the Federal Government adequate to the exigencies of the Union."
The entries begin on May 13, 1787, with the arrival of George Washington in Philadelphia and conclude on September 17, 1787, with the signing of the United States Constitution. The synopsis of each day's debates coupled with the words of James Madison, George Mason, Benjamin Franklin and others, provide an understanding of the sense of urgency and necessity motivating the men through a long summer of often tedious work.
George Washington, the Convention's president, marveled to the Marquis de Lafayette at the Convention's success, "We are not to expect perfection in this world; but mankind, in modern times, have apparently made some progress in the science of government."
Did You Know?
Many American patriots owned slaves before, during or after the Revolution. Here are a few you might know: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Rush, James Madison, Robert Morris, and James Wilson. Many of them spoke out against slavery, but only Washington freed 124 people by his will.