Ratification Conventions – How were delegates chosen?

I’ve been searching for information about the selection of the delegates to the constitutional ratification conventions in the several states. I’ve spent about two hours on Google trying to find information, but instead I keep coming up with information about the actual votes by the conventions. I wanted to know how the delegates for each ratification convention were chosen, and, if possible, who was eligible to vote, and where.


10 thoughts on “Ratification Conventions – How were delegates chosen?”

  1. Yeah and I want to know how the capitalists got all the capital and the workers got nothing, but somehow no source I look at ever gives a satisfactory answer. :)

  2. WTF?

    A very quick check of this site for contact information; I haven’t found any yet. I’d dearly like to take Lynette to task, in private email if possible for this comment here: http://no-libs.com/?p=1136

    “Ian’s definition is self-described libertarian Meaghan Walker Williams, who says it’s the government’s job to provide parents with smoke detectors and “escape doors”. That’s a libertarian, alright.”

    What the fuck is Lynette attempting to say?

    My definition of libertarianism is a pure one, based on inherent rights. I don’t agree some of the time in how that is interpreted by others, and I absolutely regret what Lynette has insinuated.

    Yes, I have “sympathized” with MWW on occassion, based on my reading of words and events, but certainly, I don’t necessarily accept MWW’s definition of libertarianism, and have had my own private questions to her, which shall remain private.

    Who the fuck is Lynette, to define my “libertarianism” based on a frienship with MWW? indeed, I don’t have enough information in regard to MWW’s assertion some Indian band might be responsible for some deaths of folk because of a fire; Lynette’s reference was the first I heard of it.

    having said that, as much as I absolutely take responsibility for myself and my family, it is indeed quite possible I might also enter contracts with others, and if they fail to meet their contractual obligations, and harm arises as a result, I would hold them responsible.

    At thos point in time, I don’t have enough information in regard to what Lynette is referring to with respect to MWW’s assertions.. but I find it awfully odd that Lynette would on the basis of someone else’s post, suggest that I share the same views.

    I have no idea of the validity of MWW’s claims, and find Lynette’s comment on Richard Evans blog to be indeed, silly and fallacious.

    I dare say that my views of “libertarianism” are possibly even more “individual responsible” than those held by the folks here at No Treason.

    Lynette’s statement and assertion about me on Richard Evans’ blog – a blogger who is very statist indeed, and who I have challenged in regard to his statism, is disturbing to me.

    My version of libertarianism is indeed based on no one else’s interpretation, but my own understanding of an individuals’ inherent rights.

    That right also includes the right to contract, and if there was some contractual obligationst that were not met, and resulted in the loss of life, then indeed, those that are responsible for that part of the contract, should be held responsible.

    But I don’t know enough about it, and never have claimed to. Lynette’s comment in that regard, is absurd.

    I’m not into the silly personal issues that come up here, between people. I’m more into finding out the truth and reality of a situation. Sometimes I fuck up in that regard.. no doubt.. but ultimately, that is my interest.

    I’d be more than willing to receive some communication from Lynette, with some kind of explanation for what she was attempting to get at, when she asserted what she believes my “type” of libertarianism is. I don’t believe in “escape doors.”

    And I haven’t yet looked at the entire issue, but if there is “contract” involved, then indeed, contractual obligations on both sides are impotant.

    But regardless.. for Lynette to simply make some silly accusation as she has.. umm.. is this a serious libertarian blog? Can Lynette point to any of my words where I define my libertarianism by whatever MWW says in regard to fault over the deaths of two children?

    Is Lynette willing to stand by her assertion, to whit, “Ian’s definition is self-described libertarian Meaghan Walker Williams,..?”

    My definition of libertarianism has fuck all to do with what anyone else says, although at times, I have take what others say in advisement.

    My “libertarianism” speaks for itself. The inherent rights of all individuals.

    Including the right to contract with others.

    I don’t expect to know EVERYTHING in regard to any and all risks.. and if I choose to contract with some entity, to provide something – that does not work or is not installed as per the contract, then damn right, I have a case against them.

    Not sure if this is where MWW is coming from – but at first reading, it’s perhaps a possibility.

    I have no idea how to re-roof my house. I could learn to do it on my own. But, if I contract with someone to do so, and after he is done, and I still have leaks, which according to the contract, were not supposed to happen, and indeed, that leak caused physical harm, then you bet your titties I’m going to hold the person responsible for the contract.

    If a Government tells me that I am no longer able to use my own well, on my own property, and that I must, by force, agree to their terms for water use, and the “fight” to not agree is not worth it, as far as all the other things I want to do with my life, and in the end, the government fucks up on my water… damn right I’ll hold them responsible, absolutely.

    Not sure if this is what Lynette is referring to as far as MWW, don’t really care. but find it weird that she’d assert what my libertarianism is all about.

    Take care,


  3. “I haven’t found any yet. I’d dearly like to take Lynette to task, in private email if possible for this comment”

    Sorry, Ian, but Lynette’s e-mail is screened for anything “pervy”

  4. I would suggest Alexander Keyssar’s “The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States.” It’s probably the best single-volume study of the right to vote in the US. The first chapter contains overview of the various requirements for enfranchisement in the 13 Colonies. There is too much information to try to summarize it here, and the extensive sourcing would be impossible to reproduce. I checked google books, but only the first page or two of the chapter is available.

  5. The delegates to the ratification conventions were elected by popular vote in the states where the conventions took place. See Henry Mayer’s biography of Patrick Henry, who was a delegate at the Virginia Convention, “A Son of Thunder.”

  6. they were chosen by hand-carved cabinet vanished clockwork colonial lung!


    not really.

    they were chosen by the angle in the whirlwind and the feemasons

    – helpful lung

  7. Albert Jay Nock mentions some aspects of this in his “Our enemy, the State” (although AFAICT without any specifics) but he cites Charles Beards “an economic interpretation of the constitution” which might offer some insight..

    Have you checked into those? Thought it might help..

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