Roger Sherman – June 20, 1787

Experience the American dream with today’s Patriot of the Past interview. I’m your host, John Gillespie.

It’s June 20, 1787. I’m at the Constitutional Convention in the middle of a debate between Roger Sherman of Connecticut and John Lansing of New York.

JG: “Gentlemen, what is all the commotion about?”

JL: “Mr. Gillespie, where does a tiny state like Connecticut think it can be equal to a mighty state like New York?”

RS: “Mr. King, we must have a democratic compromise. We need small states to be equally represented in one house and according to population in the other.”

Compromise they did, as Roger Sherman’s Connecticut idea allowed both small and large states to agree to our Constitution.

Read more about Roger Sherman and the Constitutional Convention.

John and Jan Gillespie are the founders of the Rawhide Boys’ Ranch; they have fostered 351 teenagers and wrote the book Our 351 Sons; they have also assisted numerous churches in developing youth programs and expanding their total church ministries. After running for U.S. Senate, John founded 1776 American Dream, which exists to demonstrate the vision of our founding fathers and help our generation of youth passionately embrace those values.

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