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The Religious Affiliation of
Richard Dobbs Spaight, Sr.
a Signer of the U.S. Constitution


Richard Dobbs Spaight, Sr. 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 North Carolina.

Richard Dobbs Spaight, Sr. was an Episcopalian.

He was identified as an Episcopalian by: North Carolina State Library; the Library of Congress and A Worthy Company: Brief Lives of the Framers of the United States Constitution by M. E. Bradford. (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 212-213:

During a short career that ended in a tragic duel, Spaight, an aristocratic planter who was one of the youngest signers [of the U.S. Contitution], held many major political posts: legislator and Governor of North Carolina, Member of the Continental Congress, and U.S. Representative. He was the first native-born Governor of his State.

Of distinguished English-Irish parentage, Spaight was born at New Bern, N.C., in 1758... Only 44 years old in 1802, Spaight was struck down in a duel at New Bern with a political rival, Federalist John Stanly. So ended the promising career of one of the State's formost leaders. He was buried in the family sepulcher at Clermont estate, new New Bern.

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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