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Constitutional FAQ Answer #7

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Q7. "Do you know the Author of the Preamble of the Constitution and how it was received by the delegates?"

A. The entire Constitution was written over the course of about six weeks in draft form. At that time, it was turned over to a style committee for its final language. This committee was headed by Pennsylvania's Gouverneur Morris. Since the proceedings of the Style Committee were not recorded, though, I'm not sure we can say with certainty if any one man proposed the words of the Preamble, or if it was devised and revised by the whole committee. See the topic page on the Constitutional Convention and the Convention Timeline for more information.


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