- Annapolis Convention (1786)
The Annapolis Convention was a meeting at
Annapolis, Marylandof 12 delegates from five states ( New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Virginia) that called for a constitutional convention. The formal title of the meeting was a Meeting of Commissioners to Remedy Defects of the Federal Government. The defects that they were to remedy were those barriers that limited trade or commerce between the largely independent states under the Articles of Confederation.
The convention met from
September 11to September 14, 1786. The commissioners felt that there were not enough states represented to make any substantive agreement. New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and North Carolinahad appointed commissioners who failed to get to the meeting in time to attend it, while Connecticut, Maryland, South Carolinaand Georgia had taken no action at all.
They produced a report which was sent to the Congress and to the states. The report asked support for a broader meeting to be held the next May in Philadelphia. It expressed the hope that more states would be represented and that their delegates or deputies would be authorized to examine areas broader than simply commercial trade.
The direct result of the report was the
Philadelphia Conventionof 1787.
The states represented, and their delegates were:
New York: Egbert Bensonand Alexander Hamilton
New Jersey: Abraham Clark, William Houston, and James Schureman
Pennsylvania: Tench Coxe
Delaware: George Read, John Dickinson, and Richard Bassett
Virginia: Edmund Randolph, James Madison, Jr.,
* [http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/annapoli.htm Text of the report at Yale Law School web site]
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