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United States Constitution | Key Figures

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George Washington Washington was elected president of the 1787 Constitutional Convention and became the first president of the United States in 1789. He is considered one of the founders of the United States and a framer of the Constitution. Read More
James Madison Madison is sometimes called the father of the Constitution. He was one of the primary contributors to the Federalist Papers. Read More
John Adams John Adams was a Federalist politician and the second president of the United States. He supported American independence from Britain and was a member of the Continental Congress. Read More
Benjamin Franklin Franklin played an active role in the American Revolution and was a delegate to the Constitutional Convention. Read More
Alexander Hamilton Hamilton coauthored the Federalist Papers with James Madison and was a strong supporter of the Constitution. Read More
John Jay Jay was a contributor to the Federalist Papers, and although he couldn't attend the Constitutional Convention, he worked with Madison and Hamilton in favor of a new centralized government.
Thomas Jefferson Jefferson was another of the primary founders of the U.S. government and the primary author of the Declaration of Independence. He was the third president of the United States.
William Samuel Johnson Johnson was chairman of the Committee of Style and Arrangement, which was responsible for creating the final draft of the Constitution.
Rufus King King worked with Johnson and others on the Committee of Style and Arrangement. He played an important role in creating some of the fundamentals of the government outlined in the Constitution.
Gouverneur Morris Gouverneur Morris was responsible for electing the committee that produced the final draft of the Constitution. He is thought to be responsible for much of the final language used in the document.
John Rutledge John Rutledge attended the Constitutional Convention as a delegate from South Carolina. He worked on the Committee of Detail, which developed many of the details added to the Constitution.
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