Alexander Hamilton • Major contributor to the Federalist Papers aka, the Federalist. • Illegitimate son of poor parents. • First Secretary of the Treasury • Was shot in a duel with Aaron Burr. • On a $20
Ben Franklin • One of a candle makers 17 Children • An Inventor, Statesman, Famous Writer, Publisher, sinner • Created the Public Library System • At the time of the convention he was 81 years old and sick. His mere presence brought an aura of wisdom. • Discovered Electricity
George Mason • Anti-Federalist Leader • Author of the Virginia Bill of Rights • Changed 1st amendment from “toleration” of Religion to “free exercises” of religion
George Washington • Most respected and honored man in country during the time. • Led America to victory in Rev. War. • Was elected pres. of the convention. • Essential to the Constitution’s ratification by the states.
James Madison • Of all the Framer’s had the greatest influence on the organization of the national government. • Helped frame the Virginia Constitution. • Felt very strongly with idea of freedom of religion. • Considered by many the Author of the Constitution
Edmund Randolph • Governor of Virginia • Introduced the Virginia Plan into the Convention. • However refused to sign the completed document.
Thomas Paine • English Corset-maker’s son • "These are the times that try men's souls.“ • Wrote Common Sense
John Hancock • Insurance company is named after me. • My name became the expression used when anyone is asked for their signature on a document.
Samuel Adams • Insurance salesman • Name of a popular beer
Thomas Jefferson • First Anti-Federalist President • Founder of the University of Virginia • Resided in Monticello • Had an alleged affair with his slave, Sally Henning.
John Adams • 2nd President of the United States
Patrick Henry • “Give me liberty or give me death”