This timeline is a companion to the Main Timeline on this site. While that timeline attempts to put world and national events into some chronological perspective, this timeline intends to get into the details of the Constitutional Convention and the ratification process. A list of members of various committees is also available as are Madison's Notes.
Dates are of format YYYY/MM/DD DDD (year, month, day, day of the week).
1786/08/29 Tue - Shays' Rebellion begins 1786/09/11 Mon - Annapolis Convention convenes 1786/09/14 Thu - Annapolis Convention adjourns, calling for a convention to take place the following May 2nd 1787/02/03 Sat - Shays' Rebellion ends 1787/02/21 Wed - Congress approves a convention to amend the Articles 1787/05/03 Thu - James Madison arrives early for Convention 1787/05/13 Sun - George Washington arrives for Convention 1787/05/14 Mon - Convention scheduled to open - postponed 1787/05/25 Fri - Constitutional Convention opens 1787/05/29 Tue - Edmund Randolph presents the Virginia Plan 1787/05/29 Tue - Charles Pinckney presents his plan 1787/05/31 Thu - Representation debated 1787/06/01 Fri - Executive power debated 1787/06/02 Sat - Debate on executive salaries 1787/06/04 Mon - Unitary v. Committee Executive debated 1787/06/06 Wed - Method for selection of representatives debated 1787/06/07 Thu - Method for selection of senators debated 1787/06/11 Mon - Roger Sherman proposes the Great Compromise 1787/06/15 Fri - William Paterson proposes the New Jersey Plan 1787/06/18 Mon - Alexander Hamilton proposes the British Plan 1787/06/21 Thu - Federalism debated 1787/06/26 Tue - Senatorial terms debated 1787/06/28 Thu - Debate on state suffrage in the Senate starts 1787/07/17 Tue - Debate on term of executive 1787/07/21 Sat - Debate on appointment of judges 1787/07/23 Mon - Method of ratification discussed 1787/07/23 Mon - Committee of Detail established 1787/07/26 Thu - Committee of Detail begins to meet 1787/08/06 Mon - Committee of Detail submits rough draft of Constitution 1787/08/07 Tue - Suffrage qualifications discussed 1787/08/09 Thu - Citizenship for immigrants debated 1787/08/15 Wed - Executive Veto Power debated 1787/08/21 Tue - Slavery in the Constitution debated 1787/08/31 Fri - Issues referred to Committee of Eleven 1787/09/04 Tue - Committee of Eleven begins to submit changes 1787/09/04 Tue - Powers of the President debated 1787/09/07 Fri - Committee of Eleven submits final changes 1787/09/10 Mon - Amendment procedure debated 1787/09/08 Sat - Committee of Style established 1787/09/12 Wed - Committee of Style submits draft 1787/09/12 Wed - Inclusion of a Bill of Rights debated 1787/09/15 Sat - Final draft ordered engrossed (written) 1787/09/17 Mon - Final draft of the Constitution signed 1787/09/19 Wed - Constitution is published in the Pennsylvania Packet 1787/09/28 Fri - Congress approves the Constitution and sends it to the states 1787/10/05 Fri - First Centinel Anti-Federalist letter published 1787/10/27 Sat - First Federalist Paper is published 1787/12/07 Fri - Delaware ratifies 1787/12/12 Wed - Pennsylvania ratifies 1787/12/18 Tue - New Jersey ratifies 1788/01/02 Wed - Georgia ratifies 1788/01/09 Wed - Connecticut ratifies 1788/02/06 Wed - Massachusetts ratifies 1788/03/24 Mon - Rhode Island referendum rejects Constitution 1788/04/28 Mon - Maryland ratifies 1788/05/23 Fri - South Carolina ratifies 1788/05/28 Wed - The Federalist published (Federalist Papers 1-85) 1788/06/21 Sat - New Hampshire ratifies 1788/06/21 Sat - Constitution Ratified 1788/06/25 Wed - Virginia ratifies 1788/07/02 Wed - Congress is informed the Constitution has been ratified 1788/07/26 Sat - New York ratifies 1788/09/13 Sat - Congress votes to begin a new government on the following March 4 1789/03/04 Wed - The Constitution goes into effect 1789/11/21 Sat - North Carolina ratifies 1790/05/29 Sat - Rhode Island ratifies