Chronology

of the Pro- and Anti-Federalist Papers and how they related to one another and to key events

Year Month Day Event Pro- Anti- Subject Opposes
1781 Mar 1 Articles of Confederation adopted
1786 Sep. 14 Annapolis Convention
1787 Feb 21 Congress calls for convention in Philadelphia
1787 Apr 16 Madison's Virginia Plan
May 25 Constitutional Convention opens
May 29 Virginia Plan
Jun 15 New Jersey Plan
Jun 18 Hamilton Plan
Jul 16 Great Compromise
Aug 6 First Draft
Sep 17 Final version approved, Conv. closes
Oct 5

Centinel #1 Responsibility, Checks Federalist #10, 51
Oct 6
James Wilson
Oct 8

Federal Farmer #1 Extended republics, taxation Federalist #8, 10, 14, 35, 36
Oct 9

Federal Farmer #2 Extended republics, taxation Federalist #8, 10, 15, 35, 36
Oct 18

Brutus #1 Extent of union, States' Rights, Bill of Rights, Taxation Federalist #10, 32, 33, 35, 36, 39, 45, 84
Oct 22

John DeWitt #1 Need for stronger union Federalist #1-6
Oct 27 Federalist #1 John DeWitt #2 Need for stronger union Federalist #1-6
Oct 31 Federalist #2
Nov 5

John DeWitt #2 Bill of Rights Wilson (Nov. 28), Federalist #84
Nov 14
Federalist #6
Nov 22
Federalist #10
Nov 27

Cato #5 Executive powers Federalist #67
Nov 29

Brutus #4 House of Representatives Federalist #27, 28, 52-54, 57
Nov 30
Federalist #14
Dec 7 Delaware ratifies
Dec 12 Pennsylvania ratifies
Dec 18 New Jersey ratifies Federalist #23 Penn. Minority Extent of union, States' Rights, Bill of Rights, Taxation Federalist #10, 32, 33, 35, 36, 39, 45, 84
Dec 27

Brutus #6 Broad construction, taxing powers Federalist #23, 30-34
1788 Jan 2 Georgia ratifies
Jan 3

Cato #7 Regulating election Federalist #59
Jan 9 Connecticut ratifies
Jan 16
Federalist #39
Jan 24

Brutus #10 Defense, standing armies Federalist #24-29
Jan 26
Federalist #45
Jan 31

Brutus #11 Judiciary Federalist #78-83
Feb 6 Massachusetts ratifies Federalist #51
Feb 7 Massachusetts proposed amendments
Brutus #12, Pt. 1 Judiciary Federalist #78-83
Feb 14

Brutus #12, Pt. 2 Judiciary Federalist #78-83
Feb 19
Federalist #57
Feb 27
Federalist #62
Mar 15
Federalist #70
Mar 20

Brutus #15 Judiciary Federalist #78-83
Apr 10

Brutus #16 Senate Federalist #62, 63
Apr 26 Maryland ratifies
May 23 S. Carolina ratifies
May 28
Federalist #78, 84
Jun 5,7

Patrick Henry Nature and powers of Union Federalist #1, 14, 15
Jun 21 New Hampshire ratifies; the 9th state
Jun 20-27

Melancton Smith Representation in Congress Federalist #52-57, 62-63
Jun 25 Virginia ratifies
Jun 27 Virginia proposed amendments
Jul 26 New York ratifies
Aug 4 N. Carolina rejects
1789 Mar 4 Constitution takes effect
Jun 8 Madison introduces Bill of Rights amendments
Nov 21 N. Carolina ratifies
1790 May 29 Rhode Island ratifies
1791 Nov 3 Bill of Rights amendments take effect
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