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Gunning Bedford

Gunning Bedford, American Continental congressman, jurist. member Delaware Legislature, Delaware Council; member Delaware Senate, 1788.


  • Bedford, Gunning was born in 1747 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Gunning and Susannah (Jacquett) Bedford.

  • Education

    • Graduated from College of New Jersey (now Priceton), 1771.


    • Admitted to Delaware bar, 1772. Aide-de-camp to George Washington during Revolutionary War. Member Delaware Legislature, Delaware Council.

      Delegate to Continental Congress, 1783-1786. Attorney general Delaware, 1784. Delegate Annapolis Convention, 1786, United States Constitutional Convention, 1787 (proposed equal representation of the states, short presidential terms, powerful legislative branch), Delaware Constitutional Convention.

      Member Delaware Senate, 1788. Appointed by Washington 1st judge The United States of America District Court for Delaware 1789. Presidential elector, 1789, 93.

      President trustees Wilmington (Delaware) Academy.


    Member Delaware Legislature, Delaware Council. Member Delaware Senate, 1788.


    • Married Jane Parker.
    • father: Gunning Bedford
    • mother: Susannah (Jacquett) Bedford
    • spouse: Jane Parker.
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    Died March 30, 1812
    (aged 65)