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William Paterson
Rare Signer of the Constitution, William Paterson a gorgeous example
n.p., October 30, 1792. 8" x 13". "Single page signed manuscript on laid paper, 8"" x 13"", docketed to verso. Boldly scripted, paper toned, with a few pinhole losses, and slight chipping to outer edges. Expected folds with a touch of creases to one corner. Small light pencil note. Boldly signed by William Paterson as ""Wm Paterson.""Paterson, perhaps best known as a signor of the Constitution, was highly instrumental in the negotiations and proposals for determining how the individual states would be represented in the House and in the Senate. His long experience in state politics and administration earned him a seat on the five-person delegation sent by New Jersey to the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, where he played a pivotal role. By a narrow margin, delegates approved the Virginia Plan, which provided for proportional representation, based on population, in two houses of government. Paterson introduced the New Jersey Plan, which called for a unicameral body with equal representation from each state. In the debate that followed, the delegates hammered out the Great Compromise, with proportional representation in the house of Representatives and equal representation in the Senate. This lovely Paterson signed manuscript document was executed shortly after he resigned from the Senate to become Governor of New Jersey, and just 6 months before George Washington nominated Paterson to sit as associate justice of the United States Supreme Court on March 4, 1793. Paterson spent the last 13 years of his life devoted to building a stable and powerful federal judic … [Click Below for Full Description]
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