- President of the Continental Congress in 1786
He was a member of the Continental Congress (1782-83 and 1785-87), and held the office of president from June 1786 until January 1787. The next year, at age 49, Gorham attended the Constitutional Convention. A moderate nationalist, he attended all the sessions and played an influential role. He spoke often, acted as chairman of the Committee of the Whole, and sat on the Committee of Detail. As a delegate to the Massachusetts ratifying convention, he stood behind the Constitution.
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