Bedford, Gunning, 1747-1812

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Bedford was a lawyer and politician and a graduate of the College of New Jersey (Princeton University). He served as a representative from Delaware to the U.S. Continental Congress and the U.S. Constitution Convention of 1787. President George Washington appointed him as a federal district judge for Delaware (1789-1812).

From the description of [Receipt] 1793 Mar. 29 / Gunning Bedford. (Smith College). WorldCat record id: 162136321

Delegate to the Continental Congress, the Annapolis Convention of 1786, and the Constitutional Convention; member of the Delaware Convention that ratified the Constitution; federal district judge for Delaware (1789-1812); known as Gunning Bedford, Jr., to distinguish himself from an older cousin, Gunning Bedford, Sr., (1742-1797).

From the description of Gunning Bedford papers, 1771-1812. (Historical Society of Delaware). WorldCat record id: 71057195

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Caesar Rodney correspondence, 1749-1823 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Clinton, Charles. Mrs. Gunning S. Bedford, Harlem Commons / by Chas. Clinton. New-York Historical Society
creatorOf Bedford, Gunning Jr., 1747-1812. Colonial Currency, $20.00 bill, 1778 September 26. Copley Press, J S Copley Library
creatorOf Rodney, Caesar, 1728-1784. Caesar Rodney correspondence, 1749-1823. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Bedford, Gunning, 1747-1812. [Receipt] 1793 Mar. 29 / Gunning Bedford. Smith College, Neilson Library
referencedIn Thomas Addis Emmet collection, 1483-1876, 1700-1800 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Land indenture between Ebenezer Howell and his wife Sarah, from Cumberland County, New Jersey, to William Armstrong of Newark, Delaware, October 10, 1777 University of Delaware Library - Special Collections
creatorOf Bedford, Gunning, 1747-1812. Gunning Bedford papers, 1771-1812. Historical Society of Delaware
referencedIn Frederick M. Dearborn collection of military and political Americana, Part I: The Revolution and the Administration, 1669-1958. Houghton Library.
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associatedWith Clinton, Charles. person
associatedWith Dearborn, Frederick M. (Frederick Myers), b. 1876 person
associatedWith Emmet, Thomas Addis person
associatedWith Howell, Ebenezer. person
associatedWith Rodney, C. A. (Caesar Augustus), 1772-1824 person
associatedWith Rodney, Caesar, 1728-1784. person
associatedWith Washington, George, 1732-1799 person
associatedWith Way, Nicholas, ca. 1750-1797. person
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United States
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Judges--United States


Birth 1747-04-13

Death 1812-03-30



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