After the Constitutional Convention produced the Constitution, Alexander Hamilton was instrumental in its ratification by all thirteen states.
The Federalist Papers
- Only representative to sign for New York
- Co-wrote Federalist Papers with fellow Convention delegates James Madison and John Jay
- Wrote 51 of the 85 articles, published in 1788
- Emphasized that a centralized federal government would not strip states and individuals of their rights, one of the primary concerns of citizens
- Gave speeches in support of ratification, like one to the New York Ratifying Convention June 25, 1788:
- “Good constitutions are formed upon a comparison of the liberty of the individual with the strength of government. If the tone of either be too high, the other will be weakened too much."