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banner Tuesday, 22 February, 2000, 18:08 GMT
Founding fathers

The Philadelphia Constitutional Convention of 1787
An imprecise term used most often to describe those involved in the framing and adoption of the constitution at the Philadelphia Convention of 1787.

The convention brought together 55 delegates from what were then the 13 states.

Their decisions and the constitution they drew up laid the groundwork for the country's political system as it is today.

The term is sometimes also used to include influential figures in the struggle for independence and those who fought the Revolutionary War.

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