BEDFORD, Gunning, Jr.

BEDFORD, Gunning, Jr.
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
1747–1812

Biography

BEDFORD, Gunning, Jr., (cousin of Gunning Bedford), a Delegate from Delaware; born in Philadelphia, Pa., in 1747; was graduated from Princeton College in 1771; studied law in Philadelphia; was admitted to the Delaware bar in 1779 and commenced practice in Dover, Del.; moved to Wilmington, Del.; Member of the Continental Congress 1783-1785; appointed attorney general of the State on April 26, 1784, and served until September 26, 1789; appointed a commissioner to the convention held at Annapolis, Md., in September 1786 but did not attend; member of the Federal constitutional convention at Philadelphia in 1787 and signed the Constitution; delegate to the State convention that ratified the Federal Constitution in 1787; member of the State senate in 1788; appointed United States judge for the district of Delaware September 26, 1789, which position he held until his death in Wilmington, Del., March 30, 1812; interment in First Presbyterian Churchyard; reinterment at the Masonic Home of Delaware, on Lancaster Pike, two miles west of Wilmington, Del.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Copley Press
J. S. Copley Library

La Jolla, CA
Papers: 1778, 1 page. A $20.00 bill from September 26, 1778 signed by Gunning Bedford, Jr.

The Morgan Library
Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts

New York, NY
Papers: In the Ford Collection, 1783, 1 item. A report signed by Gunning Bedford from May 26, 1783.
Papers: 1807, 1 item. An order on the Bank of the United States signed by Gunning Bedford, Jr. on January 12, 1807.

The New York Public Library
Rare Books and Manuscripts Division

New York, NY
Papers: In the Caesar Rodney Papers, 1749-1823, 0.3 linear foot. Other authors include Gunning Bedford.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Conrad, Henry C. (Henry Clay). Gunning Bedford, Junior. Read before the Historical Society of Delaware, March 20, 1899. Wilmington: The Historical Society of Delaware, 1900.

Nields, John P. Gunning Bedford, Junior, United States District Judge. [Wilmington, Del.: N.p., 1907].

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