In 1787, Delegates from each of the thirteen original colonies met in Independence Hall, Pennsylvania to discuss plans to develop the U.S. Constitution since the Articles of Confederation were not strong enough to protect the states. Delegates proposed different ideas and plans for what the Constitution should look like. Ultimately, the Virginia Plan and the New Jersey Plan were combined in the Connecticut Compromise, which became the basis for the Constitution. George Washington presided over the convention, which was top secret!
The youngest man to attend was 40 years old and the oldest, Benjamin Franklin, was 81 years old!
Only 39 of the 55 delegates signed the Constitution, because many wanted a Bill of Rights.
Many of the larger states supported the Virginia Plan, while smaller states supported the New Jersey Plan.
The Constitution was signed on September 17, 1787.
Delaware was the first state to ratify the Constitution in December of that year.