Birth of the Nation: The First Federal Congress 1789-1791
The First Federal Congress

Senator Richard Bassett

Richard Bassett

Print (1802) by Charles Balthazar Julien Févret de Saint-Mémin (1770-1852), artist

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Richard Bassett
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Life dates: 2 April 1745-15 September 1815
Place of Residence (1789): Dover, Delaware
Occupation (1789): Lawyer
Place of Birth: New Castle County, Delaware
Age (March 4, 1789): 43
Religion (1789): Methodist
College Education: Private Study
Marital Status (1789): Married
Military Service during the Revolutionary War: Officer, State Militia
Prior Political Offices: State Legislature State Constitutional Convention Annapolis Convention
Delegate to Federal Convention: Yes
Delegate to State Ratification Convention: Yes
Pro/Anti ratification of Constitution: Pro
Support for strong central government (particularly in its executive functions) Strong
Last year of continuous service in Senate: 1793
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