May 16th, 1787

On May 16th, Benjamin Franklin hosted a dinner for most of the delegates in his new living room. Washington, Madison, Edmunt Randlolp, George Wythe, Robert Morris, Goeverneur Morris, James Wilson, and many others attended. He ordered a special cask of porter and when it “was broached…its contents met with the most cordial and universal approbation.   In short, the company agreed unanimously that it was the best porter they ever tasted.”  So said Benjamin Franklin.  Out of the dinner grew the alliance between Pennsylvania and Virginia that would help propel the Constitutional Convention into drafting the nation’s Constitution.

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(The Place of Franklin’s Home.)

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