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Committees at the Constitutional Convention

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Several notable committees met during the creation of the Constitution. These committees are referred to in the Convention Topic Page and the Convention Timeline. This page used James Madison's notes from the convention as source material for providing the members of these committees.


Members of various committees in the Constitutional Convention

Rules Committee
Proposed and appointed May 25, to set rules for the convention

  • Alexander Hamilton (NY)
  • Charles Pinkney (SC)
  • George Wythe (VA)

First Committee of Eleven
Proposed and appointed July 2, on the question of equal represenation in the Senate

  • Abraham Baldwin (GA)
  • Gunning Bedford (DE)
  • William Davie (NC)
  • Oliver Ellsworth (CT)
  • Benjamin Franklin (PA)
  • Elbridge Gerry (MA)
  • Luther Martin (MD)
  • George Mason (VA)
  • William Paterson (NJ)
  • John Rutledge (SC)
  • Robert Yates (NY)

Committee of Detail
Proposed July 23, members appointed July 24, to create a constitution containing all issues agreed to by the convention
Result: August 6 Draft

  • Oliver Ellsworth (CT)
  • Nathaniel Gorham (MA)
  • Edmund Randolph (VA)
  • John Rutledge (SC)
  • James Wilson (PA)

Second Committee of Eleven
Proposed and appointed August 25, to consider issues concerning uniform duties and fees

  • Pierce Butler (SC)
  • Daniel Carrol (MD)
  • Jonathan Dayton (NJ)
  • William Few (GA)
  • Thomas Fitzsimons (PA)
  • Nathaniel Gorham (MA)
  • John Langdon (NH)
  • George Mason (VA)
  • George Read (DE)
  • Roger Sherman (CT)
  • Hugh Williamson (NC)

Third Committee of Eleven
Proposed and appointed August 31, to address tabled issues and committee reports not yet acted upon

  • Abraham Baldwin (GA)
  • David Brearly (NJ)
  • Pierce Butler (SC)
  • Daniel Carrol (MD)
  • John Dickinson (DE)
  • Nicholas Gilman (NH)
  • Rufus King (MA)
  • James Madison (VA)
  • Gouvernour Morris (PA)
  • Roger Sherman (CT)
  • Hugh Williamson (NC)

Committee of Style and Arrangement
Proposed and appointed September 8, to revise the style and arrangement of the Constitution
Result: September 12 Draft

  • Alexander Hamilton (NY)
  • William Johnson (CT)
  • Rufus King (MA)
  • James Madison (VA)
  • Gouvernour Morris (PA)


URL: http://www.usconstitution.net/constcmte.html

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