The Religious Affiliation of
a Signer of the U.S. Constitution
and a U.S. Senator in the First Federal Congress (1789-1791)
William Few 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 Georgia.
William Few was also a U.S. Senator in the First Federal Congress (1789-1791).
William Few was a devout Methodist.
He was identified as a Methodist by: A Worthy Company: Brief Lives of the Framers of the United States Constitution by M. E. Bradford; Georgia Public Library Service; 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 161-162:
Few, one of the lesser lights in the [Constitutional] Convention, was a self-made man. He began life as the son of a poor farmer and ended it as a renowned and wealthy politician, philanthropist, lawyer-jurst, and bank president. He served in the U.S. Senate during the year 1789 to 1793...
From 1804 to 1814 he held a directorship at the Manhattan Bank, and later the presidency of City Bank. A devout Methodist, he also donated generously to philanthropic causes.
When Few died in 1828 at the age of 80 in Fishkill-on-the-Hudson (present Beacon)... Originally buried in the yard at the local Reformed Dutch Church, his body was later reinterred at St. Paul's Church, Augusta, Ga.
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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