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The Religious Affiliation of
a Signer of the U.S. Constitution
and a U.S. Senator in the First Federal Congress (1789-1791)
Richard Bassett 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.
Richard Bassett was also a U.S. Senator in the First Federal Congress (1789-1791).
Richard Bassett was a devout Methodist.
Richard Bassett was identified as a Methodist by: United Methodist Church; A Worthy Company: Brief Lives of the Framers of the United States Constitution by M. E. Bradford; A History of Delaware Through its Governors 1776-1984 by Roger A. Martin; and the Library of Congress. (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 142-143:
Bassett was a well-to-do planter and lawyer who also enjoyed careers as soldier, judge, legislator, and Governor ...in the years 1789-93, he served as a U.S. Senator... Basset was elected as Governor of Delaware [in 1799] and continued in that post until 1801...
Twice married... Bassett fathered several children. He was a devout Methodist, held religious meetings at Bohemia Manor, and financially supported the church. He died in 1815 at the age of 70 and is interred at the Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery, Wilmington, 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.
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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