The Federal Convention convened in the State House (Independence
Hall) in Philadelphia on May 14, 1787, to revise the
Articles of Confederation. Because the delegations from
only two states were at first present, the members adjourned
from day to day until a quorum of seven states was obtained
on May 25. Through discussion and debate it became clear
by mid-June that, rather than amend the existing Articles,
the Convention would draft an entirely new frame of
government and law. All through the summer, in closed sessions,
the delegates debated, and redrafted the articles of
the new Constitution. Among the chief points at issue
were how much power to allow the central government,
how many representatives in Congress to allow each state,
and how these representatives should be elected directly
by the people or by the state legislators.
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