Essay on United States Constitution and north Carolina

Submitted By Tommy-Beasley
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Tommy Beasley With North Carolinas involvement in the Constitutional Convention there were five men that represented the state of North Carolina. The names of the five men are, William Blount, William Richardson Davie, Alexander Martin, Richardson Dobbs Spaight, and Hugh Williamson. William Blount was appointed to be a delegate for his state of North Carolina when he was at the age of thirty eight. Blount missed more than a month if the constitutional convention because he chose to attend the Continental Congress on behalf of his state.He said almost nothing in the debates and signed the Constitution reluctantly--only, he said, to make it "the unanimous act of the States in Convention." Nonetheless, he favored his state's ratification of the completed document. William Richardson Davie was the second. During the Constitutional Convention Davie favored plans for a strong central government. He was a member of the committee that considered the question of representation in Congress and swung the North Carolina delegation's vote in favor of the Great Compromise. He favored election of senators and presidential electors by the legislature and insisted on counting slaves in determining representation. Though he left the convention on August 13, before its adjournment, Davie fought hard for the Constitution's ratification and took a prominent part in the North Carolina convention The third was Alexander Martin. After his 1785 term in the North Carolina Senate, Martin represented his state in the Continental Congress, but he resigned in 1787. Of the five North Carolina delegates to the Constitutional Convention, Martin was the least strongly Federalist. He did not take an active part in the proceedings, and he left Philadelphia in late August 1787, before the Constitution was signed. Martin was considered a good politician but not suited to public debate. A colleague, Hugh Williamson, remarked that Martin needed time to recuperate after his great exertions as governor "to enable him again to exert his abilities to the advantage of the nation." The fourth was Richardson Dobbs Spaight. In 1787, at the age of 29, Spaight joined the North Carolina delegation to the Philadelphia convention. He was not a leader but spoke on several