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The Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787

Constitutional Convention: May 14, 25, 1787

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: MAJOR WORKS James Madison's Notes: Federal Convention of 1787 May 14, 25, 1787   Monday May 14th 1787 was the day fixed for the meeting...

Madison’s Notes: Federal Convention of 1787: Sept. 15

Liberty Letters, 15 September 1787, James Madison Editor's Overview: First Article, relative to the Legislative powers, resumed. Motion to change the present proportion of...

Madison's Notes: Federal Convention of 1787: Sept. 15

Liberty Letters, 15 September 1787, James Madison Editor's Overview: First Article, relative to the Legislative powers, resumed. Motion to change the present proportion of...

Madison’s Notes: Federal Convention of 1787: Sept. 14

Liberty Letters, 14 September 1787, James Madison Editor's overview: Article first, relative to the Legislative powers, resumed. Motion to change the present proportion of members in...

Madison's Notes: Federal Convention of 1787: Sept. 14

Liberty Letters, 14 September 1787, James Madison Editor's overview: Article first, relative to the Legislative powers, resumed. Motion to change the present proportion of members in...

Madison’s Notes: The Federal Convention of 1787: September 13

Liberty Letters, 13 September 1787, James Madison Col George Mason. He had moved without success for a power to make sumptuary regulations. He had not...

Madison's Notes: The Federal Convention of 1787: September 13

Liberty Letters, 13 September 1787, James Madison Col George Mason. He had moved without success for a power to make sumptuary regulations. He had not...

Madison’s Notes: The Federal Convention of 1787: September 11

Liberty Letters, 11 September 1787 The Report of the Committee of Stile and arrangement not being made and being waited for, The House Adjourned ______________________ Copyright of Madison's...

Madison's Notes: The Federal Convention of 1787: September 11

Liberty Letters, 11 September 1787 The Report of the Committee of Stile and arrangement not being made and being waited for, The House Adjourned ______________________ Copyright of Madison's...

Madison’s Notes: Federal Convention of 1787: Sept. 10

Liberty Letters, 10 September 1787, James Madison Editor's Summary: Motion that Legislature may propose amendments, to be binding when assented to by three-fourths of the...

Madison's Notes: Federal Convention of 1787: Sept. 10

Liberty Letters, 10 September 1787, James Madison Editor's Summary: Motion that Legislature may propose amendments, to be binding when assented to by three-fourths of the...

Madison’s Notes: Federal Convention of 1787: Sept. 08

Liberty Letters, 08 September 1787, James Madison Editor's Overview: Motion to require treaties of peace to be consented to by two-thirds of the Senate, briefly...

Madison's Notes: Federal Convention of 1787: Sept. 08

Liberty Letters, 08 September 1787, James Madison Editor's Overview: Motion to require treaties of peace to be consented to by two-thirds of the Senate, briefly...

Madison’s Notes: The Federal Convention of 1787: Sept. 07

James Madison's Notes for 09/01/1787. Debate mostly focused on treaty making powers of the President and Senate

Madison's Notes: The Federal Convention of 1787: Sept. 07

James Madison's Notes for 09/01/1787. Debate mostly focused on treaty making powers of the President and Senate

Madison's Notes: Federal Convention of 1787: Sept. 06

Length of term of the President of the United States and mode of election debated. Electoral college approved. Tiebreaker power goes to House of Representatives

Madison’s Notes: Federal Convention of 1787: Sept. 06

Length of term of the President of the United States and mode of election debated. Electoral college approved. Tiebreaker power goes to House of Representatives

Madison’s Notes: Federal Convention of 1787: Sept. 5

Founders work out fine print in the Constitution. Mr. Gerry warns that the power of the govt. to buy land for buildings might be abused to buy up state lands.

Madison's Notes: Federal Convention of 1787: Sept. 5

Founders work out fine print in the Constitution. Mr. Gerry warns that the power of the govt. to buy land for buildings might be abused to buy up state lands.

Madison’s Notes: Federal Convention of 1787: Sept. 4

The Constitutional Convention's discussion for September 4, 1787 focused on the electoral college system and its merits. James Madison's Notes

Madison's Notes: Federal Convention of 1787: Sept. 4

The Constitutional Convention's discussion for September 4, 1787 focused on the electoral college system and its merits. James Madison's Notes

Madison’s Notes: Federal Convention of 1787: Sept. 3

Debated eligibility vs. ineligibility of Congressmen to federal offices, especially executive offices while serving in Congress. Emoluments also discussed.

Madison's Notes: Federal Convention of 1787: Sept. 3

Debated eligibility vs. ineligibility of Congressmen to federal offices, especially executive offices while serving in Congress. Emoluments also discussed.

Madison’s Notes: Federal Convention of 1787: September 1

September 01, 1787. Report from the Commission of Eleven offers some refinements to wording of previously accepted motions.

Madison's Notes: Federal Convention of 1787: September 1

September 01, 1787. Report from the Commission of Eleven offers some refinements to wording of previously accepted motions.

Madison’s Notes: Federal Convention of 1787: Aug. 31

Most significant discussion of the day centered on the need for conventions to ratify the Constitution. Why? So authority rested on the people not the states.

Madison's Notes: Federal Convention of 1787: Aug. 31

Most significant discussion of the day centered on the need for conventions to ratify the Constitution. Why? So authority rested on the people not the states.

Madison’s Notes: The Federal Convention of 1787: August 30

Founders discussed requirements to admit new states, the ratification process, and religious tests. August 30, 1787

Madison's Notes: The Federal Convention of 1787: August 30

Founders discussed requirements to admit new states, the ratification process, and religious tests. August 30, 1787

Madison’s Notes: Federal Convention of 1787: August 29

Debated 29 August 1787 at the Constitutional Convention: full faith and credit clause, commerce clause, admission of new states on equal standing. Editors Intro