The Constitutional Contributions of John Dickinson
Robert G. Natelson
The Independence Institute; Montana Policy Institute
Penn State Law Review, Vol. 108, p. 415, 2003
John Dickinson, described by one leading constitutional historian as the most under-rated of the Founders, had a significant influence on the U.S. Constitution: as a drafter of state papers, principal drafter of the Articles of Confederation, important delegate to the Constitutional Convention, and leading advocate for ratification. Several important provisions in the document are based on his ideas.
Moreover, recent historical discoveries suggest that his influence at the Convention was greater than heretofore known. This Article explores Dickinson's imprint on the Constitution.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 64
Keywords: constitution, founders, John Dickinson, Dickinson, original understanding, original intent, original meaning, constitutional convention, federal convention, 1787, convention delegates
JEL Classification: K1, K10, K19Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: January 4, 2012
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