Constitutional Convention & Thomas Jefferson

A constitutional convention is now a gathering for the purpose of writing a new constitution or revising an existing constitution. Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743 (April 2, 1743 O.S.) – July 4, 1826) was an American Founding Father who was the principal author of the United States Declaration of Independence (1776) and the third President of the United States (1801–1809). 5.0/5

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Happy Constitution day! Fascinating Facts about the U.S. Constitution!. •The U.S. Constitution has 4,400 words. It is the oldest and shortest written Constitution of any major government in the world. • Of the spelling errors in the Constitution, "Pensylvania" above the signers' names is probably the most glaring. • Thomas Jefferson did not sign the Constitution. He was in France during the Convention, where he served as the U.S. minister. John Adams was serving as the U.S. minister to Great Britain during the Constitutional Convention and did not attend either. • The Constitution was "penned" by Jacob Shallus, A Pennsylvania General Assembly clerk, for $30 ($661 today). • Since 1952, the Constitution has been on display in the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. Currently, all four pages are displayed behind protective glass framed with titanium. To preserve the parchment's quality, the cases contain argon gas and are kept at 67 degrees Fahrenheit with a relative humidity of 40 percen ...
On this day in 1836, James Madison, drafter of the Constitution, recorder of the Constitutional Convention, author of the "Federalist Papers" and fourth president of the United States, dies on his tobacco plantation in Virginia. Madison first distinguished himself as a student at the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University), where he successfully completed a four-year course of study in two years and, in 1769, helped found the American Whig Society, the second literary and debate society at Princeton (and the world), to rival the previously established Cliosophic Society. Madison returned to Virginia with intellectual accolades but poor health in 1771. By 1776, he was sufficiently recovered to serve for three years in the legislature of the new state of Virginia, where he came to know and admire Thomas Jefferson. In this capacity, he assisted with the drafting of the Virginia Declaration of Religious Freedom and the critical decision for Virginia to cede its western claims to the Continental Congr ...
Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Samuel Adams, and Patrick Henry did not attend the Constitutional Convention of 1787.
Learn Our History Today: On May 25, 1787, the Constitutional Convention formally convened in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with the purpose of developing a new and better form of government for the United States. Up until this point the country had been run in accordance with the Articles of Confederation, a document signed during the Revolutionary War that, although it served to keep the states together, was pitiful when it came to running a country. Under the articles, commerce was suffering, taxes were unable to levy as the articles had no real power, and unstable government had led to uprisings and thoughts of them, most notably Daniel Shay’s rebellion in western Massachusetts in early 1787.A new form of Government was desperately needed, and on May 25, a group of America’s foremost politicians and representatives, what Thomas Jefferson called, “An assembly of demigods,” came forward to provide just that. These men represented large states and small and each had their own agenda they were trying ...
Don't forget it was Baptist Preachers who gave us our Bill of Rights ! Men like Isaac Baacus, John Leland, Roger Williams and others They got tired of when they were Preaching Jesus and the Word of God with passion that the authorities were putting them in jail. they appealed to James Madison and Thomas Jefferson and the Delegates to the Constitutional Convention to add the Bill of Rights !
Who did not attend the Constitutional Convention in 1787? On May 27, 1787 there were enough delegates in attendance to begin the convention. There were fifty-five delegates from twelve states that would attend at one time or another. However, not in attendance were some notable names in American History. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams did not attend. Each was abroad on missions for the country. Also missing were Patrick Henry who "smelled a rat" and stayed home, Virginia orator Richard Henry Lee did not attend, pamphleteer Thomas Paine failed to appear and Samuel Adams remained away. Of the participants only one was a full-time, articulate, continually influential participant in the convention that wrote the nation's Constitution: James Madison. * Miller, William Lee, The Business of May Next bj
Excerpted from Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt ... Why, it's almost as if the Founding Fathers wanted it to be tough to pass broad, sweeping laws that make dramatic changes without a broad consensus! A key goal of the framers was to create a Senate differently constituted from the House so it would be less subject to popular passions and impulses. "The use of the Senate," wrote James Madison in Notes of Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787, "is to consist in its proceedings with more coolness, with more system and with more wisdom, than the popular branch." An oft-quoted story about the "coolness" of the Senate involves George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, who was in France during the Constitutional Convention. Upon his return, Jefferson visited Washington and asked why the Convention delegates had created a Senate. "Why did you pour that tea into your saucer?" asked Washington. "To cool it," said Jefferson. "Even so," responded Washington, "we pour legislation into the senatorial saucer to cool it." W ...
The United States Constitution is the fundamental law of the United States , establishing a federal form of state organs of power , their skills and way of functioning . Was discussed and approved by the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia - Pennsylvania , between May 25 and September 17, 1787 . That year , the United States passed its first and , to date , only Constitution . The Constitution expresses a compromise between the statesman trend advocated by Thomas Jefferson , who wanted big political autonomy for the member states of the federation , and the federalist trend that fought for a strong central power. The U.S. President is elected for four years by voters in a system where candidates do not gain directly by the absolute number of votes in the country , but depend on the calculation in each state , which sends it to a kind of second choice votes in number proportional to its population for the winner in its territory . Two houses make up the Congress : the House of Representatives , with ...
Richard Bachert WHY THE POLITICAL RULING CLASS NO LONGER LISTENS TO US! I watched Ted Cruz during his valiant effort to halt the disaster called Obamacare. I hope you watched it as well. If he has used it once, he used the phrase "...we no longer listen to the people, our constituents..." over a hundred times. And he was right...they don't. And the fact is, THEY NO LONGER NEED TO. Among others, Thomas Jefferson warned that the financial disaster we now face would be but one of many problems paper money would visit upon us if we allowed our “leaders” to remove the backing from the currency, to wit: “When the servants of the people are paid with something other than that which the people themselves have produced (i.e. the real, tangible products of their labors or some fixed and real medium of that exchange), the roles of master and servant will be reversed.” It was believed by Roger Sherman and a majority of those at the Constitutional Convention that unbacked currency would so damage the fabric of ...
The Mouth of Wisdom By Paul Chappell Monday, Jul 8, 2013 "Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things. For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips. All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them." Proverbs 8:6-8 One of the oldest delegates to the US Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia to draw up the framework for our government was Roger Sherman of Connecticut. In addition to his long and successful career as a lawyer and politician, he was for many years a professor of religion at Yale, training many of the early leaders of the United States. Sherman was widely respected by his colleagues, and as a result had great influence among them. Thomas Jefferson said of him: “That is Mr. Sherman, of Connecticut, a man who never said a foolish thing in his life.” For a period of time the convention appeared to be hopelessly deadlocked as the representatives of the different state ...
Shout out to Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, and George Washington, Benjamin Franklin,John Jay, and all the other men from the Constitutional Convention that helped our country declare freedom from Britain on July 4, 1776!!! Running. Pool time. BBQ. Boston. See ya!
Thomas Jefferson wrote this phrase, "thus building a wall of separation between church and State." on January 1, 1802, (11 years after the First Amendment was ratified) in a private letter to the Danbury Baptist Association to assure them that the federal government could not and would not try to establish a national denomination. Jefferson was an ambassador in France during the time of the Constitutional Convention. However, while President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson was also made president of the Washington, DC public school system in which he placed the Bible and the Isaac Watt's hymnal as the two primary reading texts! Jefferson's phrase was used only twice by the U.S. Supreme Court from 1802 to 1947; and it was not until 1947 (Everson case) that it was taken out of context and given a meaning never intended (first use was 1878 in Reynolds case).
Ben Franklin, Founding Father & American Inventor "I therefore beg leave to move that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessing on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning..." - Ben Franklin "A Bible and a newspaper in every house, a good school in every district; all studied and appreciated as they merit; are the principal support of virtue, morality, and civil liberty." - Ben Franklin - George Washington Carver 'The secret of my success? It is simple. It is found in the Bible', "In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths." - George Washington Carver, 1939 - Thomas Jefferson, Founding Father "I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever." - Thomas Jefferson, 1871 "I have sworn upon the altar of god eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." - Thomas Jefferson (inscribed around the inside of the dome of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington) - Alexander Hamilton " ...
The Iroquois nations' political confederacy and democratic government under the Great Law of Peace have been credited as influences on the Articles of Confederation and the United States Constitution.[14] Relations had long been close, as from the beginning the colonial English needed allies against New France. Prominent figures such as Thomas Jefferson in colonial Virginia and Benjamin Franklin in colonial Pennsylvania, two colonies whose territorial claims extended into Iroquois territory, were involved with leaders of the New York-based Iroquois Confederacy.[15] In the 1750s at the Albany Congress, Franklin called for "some kind of union" of English colonies to effectively deal with Amerindian tribes.[16] John Rutledge (SC) quoted Iroquoian law to the Constitutional Convention, "We, the people, to form a union, to establish peace, equity, and order..." [17] The Iroquois experience with confederacy was both a model and a cautionary tale. Their "Grand Council" had no coercive control over the constituent ...
Dissatisfied with the weaknesses of Articles of Confederation, in 1787 Washington presided over the Constitutional Convention that drafted the United States Constitution. Elected unanimously as the first President of the United States in 1789, he attempted to bring rival factions together to unify the nation. He supported Alexander Hamilton's programs to pay off all state and national debt, to implement an effective tax system and to create a national bank (despite opposition from Thomas Jefferson). Washington proclaimed the United States neutral in the wars raging in Europe after 1793. He avoided war with Great Britain and guaranteed a decade of peace and profitable trade by securing the Jay Treaty in 1795, despite intense opposition from the Jeffersonians. Although never officially joining the Federalist Party, he supported its programs. Washington's "Farewell Address" was an influential primer on republican virtue and a warning against partisanship, sectionalism, and involvement in foreign wars ... Con ...
"You can tell a lot about a person by how they hug," Benjamin Franklin said to Thomas Jefferson over cheers at the Constitutional Convention
When Thomas Jefferson exited the Constitutional Convention after the signgin of the first Constitution, he was asked: "What for m of government have you given us?" His Answer? "A Constitutional Republic, IF you can keep it." And so we have for over two hundred and thirty years...
On August 18, 1797, throngs of Philadelphians lined the wharves to welcome a Revolutionary War hero back to the United States. The mob carried him on their shoulders while bands played and cannons fired fusillades of homage. The object of this adoration, Thaddeus Kosciuszko-engineering genius, was called by Thomas Jefferson, "as pure a son of liberty as I have ever known."Upon his return to Philadelphia, Kosciuszko moved to the humble boarding house run by Mrs. Ann Relf. Here the feted Kosciuszko convalesced while receiving admirers daily. Vice President Jefferson came by frequently for political parley. Philadelphia ladies, taken by the handsome hero, had their pictures sketched by Kosciuszko himself. Those who visited make up a veritable Who's Who of the capital in 1798: eminent architect Benjamin Latrobe, Joseph Pemberton, Constitutional Convention statesman William Paterson, and numerous military figures including Chief Joseph Brant. Perhaps the most compelling visitor to call upon Kosciuszko was Chie ...
What Were They Thinking?! The Founding Fathers Compromise If you think the Electoral College system is confusing and unfair, you are not alone. Many Americans share your opinion. In fact, over 700 proposals have been introduced in Congress over the last 200 years intending to either reorganize or eliminate the Electoral College. Even Thomas Jefferson wrote that he considered the Electoral College to be “the most dangerous blot in our Constitution.” So, why do we elect our presidents this way? The simple answer is that the Electoral College was the best solution to selecting the president that the delegates at the Constitutional Convention could agree on. And this solution was a compromise.
Hmmm... Of the 55 delegates attending the Constitutional Convention, 39 signed and 3 delegates dissented. Two of America's "Founding Fathers" didn't sign the Constitution. Thomas Jefferson was representing his country in France and John Adams was doing the same in Great Britain.
Neither Thomas Jefferson nor Andrew Napolitano were present at the Constitutional Convention.
George Mason's Declaration of Rights were written in 1776 at the Virginia Constitutional Convention. They influenced Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence, five states adopted them that same year, other states created their versions, and eventually it contributed in large part to the Bill of Rights in the US Constitution. They truly are the foundations of liberty and liberal republican government. Happy Fourth of July, 2012 A DECLARATION OF RIGHTS made by the representatives of the good people of Virginia, assembled in full and free convention which rights do pertain to them and their posterity, as the basis and foundation of government . Section 1. That all men are by nature equally free and independent and have certain inherent rights, of which, when they enter into a state of society, they cannot, by any compact, deprive or divest their posterity; namely, the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety. Sec ...
Thomas Jefferson had not attended the Constitutional Convention, but in a December, 1787 letter to James Madison insisted that the omission of a Bill of Rights as an integral part of the Constitution a major mistake. He wrote, "A bill of rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth." Similarly, the Anti-Federalists (those opposed to a strong central government) were worried that without a defined list of basic rights, the United States would quickly find itself back in the same position that had originally led to the War; Madison, despite his questioning of the value of a Bill of Rights, set himself to the task of putting together what is now the first ten Amendments. Ultimately, even with those who argued against the Constitution (including such luminaries as Patrick Henry) raising the argument that such a 'Bill of Rights' would inherently restrict the rights of the Individual, the Bill of Rights was included and approved as protecting the principles of liberty. In the end, ...
Thomas Jefferson was the 3rd President of the U.S., served in the Virginia assembly and penned the Declaration of Independence. However, he was not a delegate to the 1787 Constitutional Convention, nor was he a member of Congress in 1789 which framed the First Amendment, nor was he a member of any ratifying convention at any time relevant to the passage of the First Amendment. He was serving as U.S. Minister to France at the time. Yet he too clearly believed in religion as the basis for good society. While President, he became the first president of the Washington D.C. school board, which used the Bible and Watt's Hymnal as reading tests in the classroom. Jefferson felt the Bible was essential in any successful plan of education: "I have always said, and always will say, that the studious perusal of the sacred volume will make us better citizens." Jefferson understood the important relationship between government and religion. He stated that religion is "deemed in other countries incompatible with good go ...
When I was a kid, beginning to learn what it is to be an American, I found a hero in George Mason, a leading Virginia delegate to the 1787 Constitutional Convention. Mason refused to sign on to the Constitution that was passed by the convention. Why? “There is no Declaration of Rights,”...
I really liked this editorial in our local paper. I wanted to share it with all of you. Founders clearly stated belief in divine assistance How wonderful that atheists, freethinkers, agnostics, etc. now have their delicate feelings protected by a court from hearing a Christian prayer. I can’t imagine the suffering this sensitive special class has had to endure for more than 200 years since our country’s founding by those “godly” men who drafted the Declaration. Endowed by our creator? What!? How could Thomas Jefferson write such a thing? Created! What ignorant men. Everyone knows we evolved out of ... something. Then there was Benjamin Franklin, who held such promise. But when the Constitutional Convention was about to collapse he (oh, the shame) said, “... how has it happened, sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our understanding. In the beginning of the contest with Great Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily pr ...
National Day of Prayer If you love liberty and want to preserve freedom, then it is only right to acknowledge the Author of freedom, and that’s why millions of people gathered together across America at National Day of Prayer events. (Click here to watch the event on video.) True liberty and freedom are based on fundamental truths that Thomas Jefferson set forth at the beginning of our country in the Declaration of Independence: “…that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” From the Pilgrims’ journey to Plymouth, Massachusetts to the Founding Fathers’ Constitutional Convention, from President Lincoln’s call to national prayer to President Roosevelt’s admonitions as American troops stormed the beaches of Normandy, prayer and acknowledgement ...
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