David Brearley and the Making of the United States Constitution

David Brearley and the Making of the United States Constitution

by Donald Scarinci


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David Brearley and the Making of the United States Constitution by Donald Scarinci

In August 1787, with the Constitutional Convention near collapse, the deeply divided delegates turned to David Brearley for leadership. In just five days, the Brearley Committee created a powerful president, invented the vice-presidency, and concocted the Electoral College. It was a crowning accomplishment for New Jersey�s Supreme Court Chief Justice, who had already fought stubbornly and successfully for a Senate in which each state would have equal votes.

David Brearley was born to revolution, the son of a radical who was jailed twice for his leadership of the anti-Proprietary land riots in the 1740s. Brearley served with Washington at Valley Forge, wooed two beautiful wives, and was the first American judge to declare a law unconstitutional - establishing the principal of judicial review a quarter-century before Chief Justice Marshall�s famous Marbury v. Madison ruling.

This is his story.

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ISBN-13: 9780943136363
Publisher: New Jersey Heritage Press
Publication date: 06/28/2005
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

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John Fabiano

"Donald Scarinci has elevated Allentown�s local hero of the American Revolution from undeserved obscurity. Our sincerest gratitude for this very scholarly and admirable work."
President - Allentown-Upper Freehold Historical Society

John B. Wefing

"Scarinci�s book fills a void in Constitutional history. Brearley clearly deserved recognition. While reviewing this book, I checked other sources concerning Brearley. The U.S. National Archives & Records Administration in its Founding Fathers section said of Brearley: "Although he did not rank among the leaders, he attended the sessions regularly." Hopefully, after reading his biography, they will amend that description to recognize the central role he played."
J.D., LL.M - Professor of Law, Seton Hall University

Mark E. Lender

"Donald Scarinci has given us the first comprehensive understanding of a Founding Father pivotal to New Jersey�s revolutionary experience and to the framing of the U.S. Constitution. This is an interesting and important book."
Ph.D. - Professor of History, Kean University

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great book. "David Brearley and the Making of the United States Constitution" really takes you behind the scenes of the constitutional convention. Felt like I was a fly on the wall!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“This is a book that offers endless ‘Wow!’ moments. Until Donald Scarinci, how many people really knew about David Brearley’s pivotal influence on the formation of the United States Constitution? For Student's of American history, this book clearly places David Brearley in the same league as Madison, Hamilton, and Jefferson. It amazed me that no other biography of this man exists and that very little information is available about him. He was such a key player at the Constitutional convention of 1787 and without him who knows if America would have even have had a strong executive President.”
Guest More than 1 year ago
What more can you say about this latest offering from Donald Scarinci than simply 'Thank You.' Thank you from all of those nameless faceless contributors to the history of this country who have usually been forgotten by other authors in this country. Time and again it seems that Washington, Jefferson and Franklin carried on the Revolution and the new country on their own. So thank you Donald. Thank you for telling this story and letting US IN ON THIS WELL-KEPT SECRET OF HISTORY.
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