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