Why did Thomas Jefferson not attend the Constitutional Convention in 1787?

1 Answer
Jun 23, 2018


He was in Paris, succeeding Benjamin Franklin as the trade minister.


Jefferson was named as a trade minister by the Congress of the Confederation (the government of the US immediately prior to the Constitution's ratification) in 1784, and remained there for five years. He returned to the US in 1789 to become Washington's Secretary of State.