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From the Blog: The Constitutional Convention: Debates on the Election of the Executive

Fri, 25 Jul 2014

By ConSource Staff

After the Connecticut Compromise was agreed upon, the Convention shifted focus from the legislature to the executive and judicial branches.  On July 17, the Convention discussed the structure and election of the executive branch of government.  The delegates agreed that the national executive should consist of one person, without vote or further discussion.

The debate then turned to whether the executive would be elected directly by the people, or would be chosen by the legislature.  Mr. Morris argued that election by the legislature gave the national legislature too much power, and the president ought to be elected ...

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