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Jensen, Merrill (ed.) / Ratification of the Constitution by the states: Delaware, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut
(1978)

Biographical gazetteer,   pp. 114-[116]


Page 114

Biographical Gazetteer
The following sketches outline the political careers of the principal
Delaware leaders. Their affiliations in state politics are indicated by
the terms "Whig" and "Tory" and in national politics after 1789 by
the terms "Federalist" and "Democratic-Republican."
BASSETr, RICHARD (1745-1815)
Tory/Federalist
Born Cecil County, Md. Studied law with Judge Robert Goldsborough of Dor-
chester County, Md. Practiced law in Dover, Del. Member council of safety, 1776.
Delegate to state constitutional convention, 1776. Kent member of Council, 1776-
78, 1782-83. Militia officer, 1779-81. Kent delegate to House, 1786--87. Delegate
to Annapolis Convention, 1786. Delegate to Constitutional Convention, signed
Constitution, 1787. Delegate to state Convention, voted to ratify, 1787. U.S. Senator,
1789-93. Delegate to state constitutional convention, 1792. Chief justice Court of
Common Pleas, 1793-99. Presidential Elector, 1797. Governor, 1799-1801.
BEDFORD, GUNNING, JR. (1747-1812)
Whig/Democratic-Republican
Born Philadelphia. Cousin of Gunning Bedford, Sr. College of New Jersey
(Princeton) B.A. 1771. Studied law with Joseph Reed of Philadelphia. Admitted
to Sussex County, Del. bar, 1779. Practiced law in Dover and then in Wilmington.
Delegate to Congress, 1783-85. Attorney general, 1784-89. Elected to Annapolis
Convention, 1786, did not attend. New Castle delegate to House, 1786-87. Delegate
to Constitutional Convention, signed Constitution, 1787. Delegate to state Conven-
tion, voted to ratify, 1787. New Castle member of Council, 1788-89. Presidential
Elector, 1789, 1793, U.S. district judge for Delaware, 1789-1812.
BROOM, JACOB (1752-1810)
Tory/Federalist
Born Wilmington; surveyor, businessman. Assistant burgess of Wilmington,
1776; chief burgess, 1783, 1785, 1794. New Castle delegate to House, 1784-87, 1788-
89. Delegate to Constitutional Convention, signed Constitution, 1787. Postmaster
of Wilmington, 1790-92. Director Bank of Delaware, 1806-10.
COLLINS, THOMAS (1732-1789)
Tory/
Born Kent County. Sheriff Kent County, 1764-67. Militia officer, 1776-83. Mem-
ber council of safety, 1776. Delegate to state constitutional convention, 1776. Kent
member of Council, 1776-77, 1778-80, 1781-82 (speaker, 1778-79, 1780-81). Chief
justice Kent County Court of Common Pleas, 1782-86. President of Delaware,
1786-89.
DICKINSON, JOHN (1732-1808)
Tory/Federalist; Democratic-Republican
Born Talbot County, Md. Family moved to Kent County, Del., 1740. Studied
law in Philadelphia and in Middle Temple, London. Admitted to Philadelphia
bar, 1757. Kent delegate to House and speaker, 1760-61. Philadelphia County
delegate to Assembly, 1762-65, 1774-77. Author of The Late Regulations Respect-
ing the British Colonies . . . (1765). Pennsylvania delegate to Stamp Act Congress,
1765 (drafted declaration of rights). Author of "Letters from a Farmer in Penn-
sylvania," 1767-68. Philadelphia City delegate to Assembly, 1770-71 (author of
petition to the king, 1771). Pennsylvania delegate to Congress, 1774-76 (author of
first and second petitions to the King, 1774, 1775; revised Thomas Jefferson's draft
of Declaration on Taking up Arms, 1775; chairman of committee to draft Articles
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