Electing the Executive
-Hugh Williamson as recorded in James Madison's Notes on the Convention
The Convention spent the day discussing how the President should be elected, and made little progress.
The Presidency - how to fill it, how long a term, should a second term be allowed - was one of the most challenging issues faced by the Convention. Hugh Williamson's remarks, as noted by James Madison, reflect some of the sectional issues: "Mr. Williamson was for going back to the original ground; to elect the Executive for 7 years and render him ineligible a 2d time… He did not like the Unity in the Executive. He had wished the executive power to be lodged in three men taken from three districts into which the States should be divided."
The Convention chose five delegates to serve on the "Committee to report a Constitution conformable to the Resolutions passed by the Convention":Rutledge (SC), Randolph (VA), Gorham (MA), Ellsworth (CT) and Williamson (NC).