Pierce, William (1740?–1789)

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PIERCE, WILLIAM (1740?–1789)

William Pierce, a veteran of the Revolutionary War and a member of Congress, was a delegate from Georgia to the constitutional convention of 1787. He spoke only infrequently, and he left the Convention on July 1, under pressure of private business difficulties. Pierce did not sign the Constitution but wrote to st. george tucker : "I approve of its principles and would have signed it with all my heart, had I been present."

Pierce kept fairly detailed notes of the debates while he was present. The notes were published in 1828 and include brief character sketches of each of the delegates.

Dennis J. Mahoney

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