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CHIPS Articles: Meet the Framers of the Constitution

Meet the Framers of the Constitution
By CHIPS Magazine - July 3, 2017
The original states, except Rhode Island, collectively appointed 70 individuals to the Constitutional Convention. You may be surprised to learn that a number of these individuals did not accept or could not attend including: Richard Henry Lee, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Samuel Adams and, John Hancock.

In all, 55 delegates attended the Constitutional Convention sessions, but only 39 actually signed the Constitution. The delegates ranged in age from Jonathan Dayton, aged 26, to Benjamin Franklin, aged 81, who was so infirm that he had to be carried to sessions in a sedan chair.

For a biographical index of the Framers of the Constitution, visit https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/founding-fathers

Plan a visit to the National Archives: Open seven days a week, 10 A.M. - 5:30 P.M.
Last admission is 30 minutes prior to closing. (Closed Thanksgiving Day & Christmas Day)

For directions, guides and maps, go to: https://www.archives.gov/museum/visit/

Signing of the Constitution. The scene at the signing of the Constitution oil painting by Howard Chandler Christy, 1940. Courtesy of the Architect of the Capitol, Washington, DC
Signing of the Constitution. The scene at the signing of the Constitution oil painting by Howard Chandler Christy, 1940. Courtesy of the Architect of the Capitol, Washington, DC

The National Archives Building in Washington DC
The National Archives Building in Washington DC
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