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Constitution's Signers

Julie Nichols

This provides a connection to names of statesmen who signed the U.S. Constitution. It's by last name only, and clues are based on a background sheet from The Center for Learning AP Government booklet.

Franklin Virginian who served in England's House of Burgess prior to coming to the colonies; he was on the U.S. Supreme Court
Gouverneur Morris the father of the Constitution; Virginian who wrote most of it, The Federalist Papers and the Bill of Rights to appease Anti-Federalists; later helped found the Democrat-Republicans with Jefferson
Robert Morris Pennsylvanian educated in Scotland; professor of Latin at the College of Philadelphia; defended loyalists in court; lost money to Western land speculations
Blair drafter of the Articles of Confederation; during Constitutional Convention, helped formulate the Connecticut, or Great, Compromise related to congressional representation
Williamson New Jersey lawyer who was in the NJ militia during the Revolution and taken prisoner by the British
Fitzsimmons New Jersey lawyer who during the Revolutionary War was arrested for high treason
Baldwin strong advocate of nationalism and aristocratic rule; from Pennsylvania; shares his name; later strong supporter of Erie Canal
Spaight Georgian who was a Yale graduate, minister and lawyer
Madison merchant who served as governor in Pennsylvania after the Revolutionary War; Democratic-Republican with Jefferson, etc.
Hamilton Massachusetts lawyer and farmer who was among the youngest members of the Constitutional Convention; wanted to eliminate slavery
Langdon Pennylvanian who shares name with Gouverneur; after Constitutional Convention, made wild land speculations in the West and thrown into debtor's prison
Clymer Delaware lawyer and planter who served in the Delaware militia during the Revolutionary War
King New Hampshire storekeeper
McHenry Maryland planter who supported building canales to encourage transportation of goods from the coast to the interior
Johnson New York lawyer who collaborated with Jay and Madison in The Federalist Papers; later secretary of treasury under Washington during which he introdouced plans supporting manufacturing through the "American System" and the establishment of a national bank; killed in duel with Aaron Burr
Paterson Delaware lawyer who served in the Continental Army and Continental Congress; attorney general of Delaware
Charles Pinckney North Carolinian Presbyterian minister and math professor; close friend of Franklin
Bedford North Carolinian who was educated in Scotland; was governor of NC and a member of the House; killed in a duel
Sherman South Carolinian who once served in the British Army; born in Ireland and came to colonies where he was a planter, but he lost much of his property during the Revolutionary War
Mifflin South Carolinian who was educated by his father; a lawyer and planter who helped organize SC's government and favored aristocracy/elite rule
Basset Massachusetts merchant with little formal education; had speculative land schemes that later led to disgrace
Brearley New Hampshire merchant who had been a Federalist during the Constitutional Conventions but later abandoned the party in support of the new Democratic-Republicans of Jefferson
Carroll Pennsylvania lawyer who actually was a loyalist who left America for London but later returned to support the American Revolution
Rutledge shares a name but without the middle name; from South Carolina who was a lawyer and served in various political offices including SC governor
Broom wealthy Pennsylvania merchant who supported the bicameral legislature and penal reform in that he did not want capital punishment
Ingersoll born in Ireland but eventually settled in Pennsylvania; commanded the militia during the Revolution; was a strong Federalist
Blount Maryland physician who served as a military surgeon during the Revolutionary War and was later on Washington's staff
Butler New Jersey lawyer and farmer who was opposed to slavery; supported the New Jersey Plan related to representation in Congress
Linvingston Delaware merchant in shipping and trade
Dayton the eldest statesman and "great compromiser;" known still for his Poor Richard's Almanac
Gorham Maryland planter and conservative nationalist
Charles Cotesworth Pinckney North Carolinian who was educated at home; became a lawyer and was also a land speculator in Tennessee
Jenifer South Carolinian who shares a name but with the middle name; later became involved with the XYZ Affair involving France
Few Delaware lawyer who was only delegate at the Continental Congress to vote against independence on July 2, 1776; but he did sign Declaration
Read did not have much formal schooling, but was a self-taught lawyer from Georgia
Wilson did not want war with Britain, instead advocating peaceful settlement; from Connecticut
Gilman New Jersey capital named for this lawyer who co-authored the New Jersey Plan related to congressional representation

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