Documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention, 1774-1789


Portrait of Gouverneur Morris.
descriptive record icon enlarge image icon Governeer Morris Esqr. (1752-1816)
R. Wilkinson (dates unknown).
Mixed method, in Portraits of the Generals, 1783.
Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Reproduction Number: LC-USZ62-45482.

Gouverneur Morris (1752-1816)

The final wording of the Constitution is largely due to the literary skill of delegate Gouverneur Morris. A talented orator and writer, Morris was named to the committee of style -- a committee formed to decide on the Constitution's final wording. Years after the Constitutional Convention, fellow delegate James Madison explained that "the finish given to the style and arrangement of the Constitution fairly belongs to the pen of Mr. Morris."

After several days of revision, the Constitutional Convention accepted the Constitution on September 15, 1787.