How would you describe the delegates to the Constitutional Convention?

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The most distinctive feature of this group was its uniformity. The first thing to be noted is that the delegates were all white men. There were no women or blacks (although slave owners were well represented), and the Native Americans who were the original possessors of the land which became the United States were not included. Many of these men were middle aged or elderly, and came from prosperous backgrounds. Most were relatively wealthy and well educated. Thirty-five of the fifty-five men present had some legal training. Most were native to the 13 Colonies and had taken part in the Revolutionary War. 

Many of the delegates were strong influenced by the ideals of the Enlightenment, and thus were more likely to be deists or more moderate in their religious beliefs than many other people of the period. 

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