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From the Blog: The Constitutional Convention: The Committee of Detail Report, A First Draft of the Constitution

Wed, 06 Aug 2014

By ConSource Staff

On July 23, the Convention decided unanimously to appoint a Committee of Detail consisting of five members to draft a revised version of the current resolutions.  The following day, the delegates were chosen. The Committee of Detail was made up of Mr. Rutledge, Mr. Randolph, Mr. Gorham, Mr. Ellsworth, and Mr. Wilson.  Each member of the committee was a lawyer and was familiar with drafting legal documents, and utilized this experience in preparing a draft of the Constitution.[i]  The delegates believed a smaller committee of only five members would be more appropriate to do more detail ...

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