Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Edmund Randolph - Founding Father

On May 29, 1787, Edmund Randolph introduced the Virginia Plan he and Madison had written to the Constitutional Convention.  It was the first time the idea of a new form of government was formally presented to the delegates by outlining the fifteen resolves that called for a national executive, judiciary, and legislature.

Randolph was not pleased with some of the additions and revisions to the Virginia Plan the delegates introduced and refused to sign the final document.  He later shocked anti-Federalists when he changed his mind making Virginia the 9th and final state needed to ratify the Constitution.  Patrick Henry accused him of only doing this because of a promised postion with the new government.  Randolph denied the accusation, but was named the United States first Attorney General right after Washington was elected.

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