Alexander Hamilton, like many Americans at the time, was strongly in favor of a reformation of the government under the Articles of Confederation.
- Served as aide-de-camp to George Washington in Continental Army, observed disunion between the states
- Wrote private letters expressing interest in a meeting between states as early as 1780
- Attended Annapolis Convention of 1786, promoted a "future Convention"
- Elected to Constitutional Convention as a delegate from New York in 1787