Daniel of St. Thomas Jennifer
The Philadelphia Convention – Part 1
Today, May 14th is the 228th Anniversary of the Date set for the Constitutional Convention to begin in Philadelphia.
The American Democracy, founded on the ideas of the God-given rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, was now on trial before the entire world. Anxious empires awaited the outcome of the Convention with their eyes on what would be left to take, should the Americans fail to restore good government and end up going their separate ways. The Philadelphia convention did not get off to a prompt start, as heavy rains had turned every road into the city to rivers of mud. By the assigned starting date, only eight delegates had arrived. It was an inauspicious beginning to the last ditch attempt to save the United States of America.
Today we begin our look at the Convention itself. For the next few months, we will take a look at what happened at the Convention in the previous week. What was debated, discussed? We will meet the fifty-five men who wrote our Constitution, starting with one Daniel of St. Thomas Jennifer of Delaware.