This unit explores some of the personal and political issues involved in the organization of the convention, and in the process reveals much about the tone and tenor of the way it operated, and some secrets of its success.

Nominations for the permanent president, highlighted by Marston's recommendation for Ralph Rivers, reveal some of the underlying tensions behind the scene, including the rivalry between the Vic Rivers and Bill Egan factions to chair the convention. On the first ballot no one received the required majority of 28 votes, and the convention was split into thirds, about one-third for Egan (18 votes), one-third for Vic Rivers (17 votes) and one-third shared by E.B. Collins (11 votes) and Ralph Rivers (8 votes). Egan finally won the presidency on the third vote, but only by the slimmest of margins, the minimum 28 votes, as Rivers' support hardly wavered at all.

The other key organizational contest was the selection of a convention secretary, a battle between Katherine Alexander and Tom Stewart. Alexander had been chief clerk of the territorial Senate, while Stewart was the legislator who had laid the groundwork for the convention. Stewart had gone into the convention expecting to be named the secretary, so after Alexander's nomination, Ralph Rivers responded with an endorsement of Stewart that was in part at least an attack on Katie Alexander, picturing her as someone more qualified to run the secretarial pool than the entire convention. He praised Stewart as the "man who visualized this thing in a big way."

Stewart's opponents, however, claimed he was ineligible for the paid position because he had been a member of the legislature that drafted the legislation. Initially the temporary rules committee claimed Stewart was not eligible, but reversed that decision the following day. And with Stewart's support lining up, Alexander's backers conceded. "In view of the developments since yesterday's nominations for Secretary of this convention," Bob McNealy said, "and at the request of Mrs. Alexander, I wish to withdraw her name--placed in nomination by me."

But McNealy had another request, based on what he and other delegates thought were the derogatory comments made about Katherine Alexander by those backing Tom Stewart. McNealy said, "for the sake of harmony, to which this convention is entitled, I ask unanimous consent to edit yesterday's minutes, insofar as they concern another nomination, wherein reference was made to Mrs. Alexander, in order to strike therefrom all references, which in any way might be construed to reflect adversely upon Mrs. Alexander's ability for the position for which she was nominated." 

The delegates agreed to make Stewart's election as secretary unanimous, and to expunge from the record the negative comments about Alexander, who agreed to take the position of chief clerk.

The elections of the officers hints at some of the personality conflicts inevitable in any human enterprise, but the way these were resolved also demonstrates that the delegates realized they needed above all to work together, because if the convention was to be a success nothing was as crucial as compromise and consensus.