The first proposed amendment to the Constitution, (also referred to as the Congressional Apportionment Amendment), if it had been ratified by the states would have resulted in a radically different House of Representatives
The only constitutional rule relating to the size of the House states: "The Number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty Thousand." Congress regularly increased the size of the House to account for population growth until it fixed the number of voting House members at 435 in 1911.
The original wording in the House version would have set a maximum district size of 50,000 people per representative. At current population levels, this would result in 6,000+ representatives.
Article the first... After the first enumeration required by the first article of the Constitution, there shall be one Representative for every thirty thousand, until the number shall amount to one hundred; after which the proportion shall be so regulated by Congress, that there shall be not less than one hundred Representatives, nor less than one Representative for every forty thousand persons, until the number of Representatives shall amount to two hundred; after which the proportion shall be so regulated by Congress, that there shall not be less than two hundred Representatives, nor less than one Representative for every fifty thousand persons. (emphasis added)
The version that was recorded by Congress substituted less for more, and may have been ratified by 11 states and Delaware.
Which founding fathers supported the original House version of the Article the First? Why?