Debate Continues on Electing the Executive

John Jay
John Jay
Unidentified artist, after John Trumbull, c. 1875

Independence National Historical Park

Debate Continues on Electing the Executive

"Permit me to hint, whether it would not be wise & seasonable to provide a strong check to the admission of Foreigners into the administration of our national Government.."

-John Jay to George Washington

Debate on methods of choosing the executive continued.Ellsworth moved for choice by the Legislature except when an incumbent was running, and then by electors appointed by state legislature. Gerry repeated his opposition, "... election by the National Legislature was radically and incurably wrong." Madison recited objections against every possible method, recommending popular election. Once again, no good method surfaced.

Finally, Gerry (MA) and Butler moved to refer executive election to the Committee of Detail. Langdon (NH) agreed.

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