The Constitutional Convention
Woman (to Benjamin Franklin): “Well, Doctor, what have we got – a Republic or a Monarchy?”
Benjamin Franklin: “A Republic, if you can keep it.”
-McHenry, The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787
Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States, Oil on Canvas, Howard Chandler Christy
The Great Debate occurred during the Constitutional Convention. Outcomes included the establishment of a four-year term of office for the President, granting Congress the right to regulate foreign trade and interstate commerce, and the appointment of a committee to prepare a final draft of the Constitution.