History of the Constitutional Convention – Episode 17

Ned Ryun continues his series on the Constitutional Convention.

In this Episode:

  • The battle over representation nears a compromise.
  • Oliver Ellsworth reintroduces Roger Sherman’s “Connecticut Compromise.”
  • Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer misses the vote, thus allowing Maryland to support the small states men.
  • Georgia also splits their vote on account of Abraham Baldwin.
  • The Gerry Committee is formed largely with small state sympathizers.
  • The committee affirms equal representation in the Senate, but proportional in the House along with money bills originating in the House.
  • These concessions permit the small state men to be open to other large state proposals.