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The wisest council in the world restoring the character sketches by William Pierce of Georgia of the delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1787

Author: William Pierce; John R Vile
Publisher: Athens The University of Georgia Press 2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"William Pierce, Jr. (1753-1789) was one of 4 delegates from GA who attended the Federal Convention in 1787. He was born in York County, VA, served in the Revolutionary War, and then settled in GA where he was elected to a number of posts, including the Convention. While at the Convention or shortly thereafter, Pierce compiled a set of character sketches of fifty-three of the fifty-five delegates. Although widely
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Genre/Form: Biographies
History
Biography
Named Person: William Pierce; William Pierce; William Pierce
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William Pierce; John R Vile
ISBN: 9780820347721 0820347728
OCLC Number: 931818335
Description: xiv, 185 Seiten, 12 unnumbered Seiten of plates 24 cm
Contents: Chapter 1. The Background of the U.S. Constitutional Convention and the Role of Georgia and William Pierce Jr. in the ProceedingsChapter 2. Important Biographical Facts about William Pierce Jr. --
Chapter 3. The Arrangement and General Objects of Attention of Pierce's Character Sketches --
Chapter 4. Pierce's Analysis of the Delegates' Personal Qualities and Reputations --
Chapter 5. Pierce's Analysis of the Delegates' Rhetorical Abilities --
Chapter 6. Pierce's Analysis of Military and Public Service, Other Occupations, and Miscellaneous Matters --
Chapter 7. Comparing Pierce's Descriptions with Those of a French Diplomat --
Chapter 8. Comparing Pierce's Descriptions with Those of His Son --
Coda --
Appendix 1: William Pierce's Character Sketches of Delegates to the Federal Convention --
Appendix 2: French Minister's Sketches --
Appendix 3: Pierce's 1788 Fourth of July Oration.
Responsibility: edited by John R. Vile

Abstract:

"William Pierce, Jr. (1753-1789) was one of 4 delegates from GA who attended the Federal Convention in 1787. He was born in York County, VA, served in the Revolutionary War, and then settled in GA where he was elected to a number of posts, including the Convention. While at the Convention or shortly thereafter, Pierce compiled a set of character sketches of fifty-three of the fifty-five delegates. Although widely quoted and cited, the sketches have never been analyzed or annotated in any detail. Vile's interest in the sketches is two-fold: Vile seeks to examine the little-known life of William Pierce through Pierce's own writings; and seeks to gain insight into the workings of the Convention and the character and roles of various delegates. Vile's printing of the sketches in full with ample annotations and use of secondary materials constitutes a valuable reference work to bring context and add amplification to Pierce's work"

"Of all the written portraits of the delegates who attended the Federal Convention of 1787, few are as complete and compelling as those penned by William Pierce Jr. (1753-89), one of four delegates from Georgia. While at the convention or shortly thereafter, Pierce produced character sketches of fifty-three of the fifty-five delegates. Although widely quoted and cited, the sketches--until now--have never been analyzed or annotated in detail. John R. Vile's study offers new insights into the workings of the convention and the character and roles of its delegates, as well as Pierce's little-known life, which included time as an artist. Vile reveals, for example, that the time prior to the establishment of national parties when the framers could have successfully met together in convention may have been a relatively narrow historical window. Following overviews of events leading to the 1787 convention and of Pierce and his immediate family, several chapters deal specifically with the character sketches. They cover Pierce's arrangement of the sketches and their subjects, his evaluations of the delegates' personal qualities and reputations, his assessments of their rhetorical abilities, and his descriptions of their public services, occupations, and miscellaneous matters. Two concluding chapters add further context. One examines a set of somewhat overlapping sketches that Louis Guillaume Otto, the French minister to the United States, penned about members of Congress in 1788. The other looks at writings by Pierce's son and namesake that also include assessments of various Founding Fathers. Gathering Pierce's sketches in full, with ample annotations and secondary materials, this is a valuable reference on Pierce's life, work, and times"

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