Constitutional Law

History of the Constitution

What were the professions of the Founders?

The majority (33) of the 55 Founding Framers were attorneys. They, as a class, were wealthy landowners who enjoyed strong political connections. They represented future presidents, Supreme Court justices, governors and similar high political positions. The future third president, Thomas Jefferson, who could not attend the Convention because he was serving as ambassador to France, called the men at the Convention “an assembly of demigods.” Jefferson meant that the men participating at the Convention were among the best political leaders in the nation.


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