John McKesson (1734–1798)

Mr. Duane's motion that the Convention be opened every day by Prayer, Convention of the State of New York on the adoption of the Federal Constitution, Minutes

Poughkeepsie, 1788
New-York Historical Society Library, Department of Manuscripts, McKesson Papers

James Duane (1733–97), the mayor of New York City, was a Federalist delegate to the state Convention. Most legislative bodies were opened by prayer. The Philadelphia Convention was a notable exception.