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Designing the Republic

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William F. Paterson's draft...
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William F. Paterson's draft resolutions from the Constitutional Convention, June 13-15, 1787

William F. Paterson of New Jersey presented to the Constitutional Convention a list of resolutions favoring the smaller states. The plan called for congressional representation allotted equally among the states, irrespective of their populations. He also favored three branches of government–legislative, executive, and judicial–and proposed that all legislative authority rest with Congress.

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Resolved, That every State In the Union as a State possesses an equal Right to, & Share of, Sovereignty, Freedom, and Independence.

Manuscript Division, Library of Congress