The original states, except Rhode Island,
collectively appointed 70 individuals to the Constitutional
Convention, but a number did not accept or could not attend. Those
who did not attend included Richard Henry Lee, Patrick Henry,
Jefferson, John Adams, Samuel Adams and, John Hancock.
In all, 55 delegates attended the Constitutional
Convention sessions, but only 39 actually signed the Constitution.
The delegates ranged in age from Jonathan Dayton, aged 26, to
Benjamin Franklin, aged 81, who was so infirm that he had to be
carried to sessions in a sedan chair.
Learn more about the
following Founding Fathers by clicking on the respective name link.
(*indicates delegate did not sign the Constitution)