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The Religious Affiliation of
a Signer of the U.S. Constitution,
a U.S. Senator in the First Federal Congress (1789-1791)
and a U.S. Supreme Court Justice
William Paterson 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 New Jersey.
William Paterson was also a U.S. Senator in the First Federal Congress (1789-1791).
William Paterson also served as a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court from 1793 until 1806.
William Paterson was a Presbyterian.
He was identified as a Protestant by the 1995 Information Please Almanac. The Library of Congress and A Worthy Company: Brief Lives of the Framers of the United States Constitution by M. E. Bradford were cited as the sources stating he was a Presbyterian. (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 200-201:
Paterson, one of the authors of the New Jersey, or Paterson, Plan, was one of seven foreign-born signers [of the U.S. Constitution]. Although he made his career primarily as a lawyer-jurist and reached the pinnacle of his success as Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, his political offices included attorney general, legislator, and Governor of New Jersey; and, briefly, U.S. Senator.
William Paterson (Patterson) was born in County Antrim, Ireland, in 1745. When he was almost 2 years of age, his family emigrated to America...
In September 1806, his health failing, the 60-year-old Paterson embarked on a journey to Ballston Spa, N.Y., for a cure but died en route at Albany in the home of his daughter, who had married Stephen Van Rensselaer. Paterson was at first lad to rest in the nearby Van Rensselaer manor house family vault, but later his body was apparently moved to the Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, N.Y.
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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