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The Religious Affiliation of
Gunning Bedford Jr.
a Signer of the U.S. Constitution


Gunning Bedford Jr. is regarded as one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America. He was one of the signers of the Constitution of the United States of America. He was a delegate from Delaware.

Gunning Bedford Jr. was a Presbyterian.

Gunning Bedford Jr. was identified as a Presbyterian by: A Worthy Company: Brief Lives of the Framers of the United States Constitution by M. E. Bradford; and A History of Delaware Through its Governors 1776-1984 by Roger A. Martin. (Source: Ian Dorion, "Table of the Religious Affiliations of American Founders", 1997).

From: Robert G. Ferris (editor), Signers of the Constitution: Historic Places Commemorating the Signing of the Constitution, published by the United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service: Washington, D.C. (revised edition 1976), pages 143-144

Lawyer-jurist Bedford, one of the most outspoken delegates at the [Constitutional] Convention and a small-state spokesman, was a Pheladelphian who moved to Delaware... Usually he referred to himself as Gunning Bedford, Jr., to avoid confusion with his cousin and contemporary Delaware statesman and soldier, Col. Gunning Bedford... From 1784 to 1789 he was attorney general of Delaware. Bedford numbered among the more active members of the Constitutional Convention and he missed few sessions... For another two years, Bedford continued as Delaware's attorney general. In 1789 Washington designated him as a Federal Districct Judge for his State, an office he was to occupy for the rest of his life...

Bedford died at the age of 65 in 1812, and was buried int he First Presbyterian Churchyard in Wilmington. Later, when the cemetery was abandoned, his bod was transferred to the Masonic Home, on the Lancaster Turnpike in Christiana Hundred, Del.

Note that numerous sources and authoritative references have been consulted in order to ascertain the religious affiliation of the American Founding Fathers. Note that the excerpts and references mentioned on this page are not the only references used in order to identify this person's religious affiliation.

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Portrait: from Robert G. Ferris (editor), Signers of the Constitution: Historic Places Commemorating the Signing of the Constitution, published by the United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service: Washington, D.C. (revised edition 1976).

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