Who Was the President of the Constitutional Convention?


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George Washington was the president of the Constitutional Convention in 1787. He was not originally planning to attend but was convinced to come by James Madison and Henry Knox. Once there, Washington was unanimously elected to be the president of the Convention.

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The Constitutional Convention met in Philadelphia from May to September of 1787. It officially convened to revise the Articles of Confederation, but it ended up writing the U.S. Constitution as a way of moving forward as an independent nation. As the president presiding over the Convention, George Washington maintained or restored order when the delegates became too argumentative. Because Washington was a popular war hero, when he supported the ratification of the U.S. Constitution after the Convention, many citizens supported it.

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