June 10, 1788
By Center for Public Policy, Citizenship and Ethics
Posted on 8/16/2021 - 4 minute read
Ratification of the Constitution by Virginia was by no means guaranteed. Patrick Henry, George Mason, Richard Henry Lee, James Monroe, Benjamin Harrison, John Tyler, Sr., and William Grayson, luminaries in Virginia’s political constellation, had announced their opposition to the Constitution. Each had been active in the Patriotic drive for independence and would continue to provide leadership in Virginia and the United States for years into the future. Henry, Harrison, and Tyler had served as governors of Virginia. Harrison’s son, William Henry Harrison, would become the ninth President of the United States and the first to die while in office, succumbing to a severe bout of pneumonia after only 31 days as President.
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