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In the summer of 1787 delegates representing the thirteen colonies with the exception of Rhode Island convened in Philadelphia Pennsylvania forming the Constitutional Convention for the purpose of instituting a stronger form of government for the newly acknowledged United States of America Constitutional Convention Under the original government outlined in the Articles of Confederation the thirteen colonies were separating and becoming independent states rather than unifying to become a strong and internationally respected nation In an attempt to create a grander scope of government several American leaders called for a meeting of delegates representing each of the colonies ie Constitutional Convention North Carolina the first colony to declare independence from Great Britain sent five delegates on its behalf to the Constitutional Convention of 1787 One of the delegates was federalist William Richardson Davie Davie passionately supported the idea of a strong central government where representation was proportional and with the idea that slaves were to be counted for determining population only for the purposes of representation Together the fifty-five delegates met compromised and constructed the Constitution which became the fundamental law of the United States of America Born in Egremont Cumberlandshire England on June 20th 1756 Davie was one of eight delegates that were born outside of the thirteen colonies Raised in South Carolina at age thirty-one Davie was invited to attend the Constitutional Convention By this time he had already received a colonel ranking in the American Revolution as well as a high education including his license to practice law Combined these characteristics made him a rather obvious choice for delegate of North Carolina Throughout the convention Davie was a silent figure but remained a delegate whose opinions were highly respected One issue that was highly debated at the convention was whether representation in Congress should be proportional or equal Two strong arguments were formed known as the Virginia Plan and the New Jersey Plan The Virginia Plan was constructed by the Virginia
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