The Pinckney Plan | Forgotten Founder

In 1808, when the record of the Constitutional Convention was being recorded by John Quincy Adams, he found the Pinckney Draught missing from all records. He wrote to Pinckney, who sent Adams what he thought was a duplicate of the original. It was so similar to the actual ratified constitution that several people, including James Madison, considered it bogus and concluded that Pinckney was dubiously trying to refocus the credit. Hence it would be years before Pinckney received proper credit for his contribution the Constitution. Since then many researchers have concluded that the Virginia Plan included many ideas found in Pinckney’s plan. (SCETV)