Gunning, patriot, born in Philadelphia about 1730; died in Newcastle,
Del., 30 September 1797. He was a lieutenant in the French war, and entered the
revolutionary army as major, 20 March 1775. As Lieutenant-Colonel of Haslet's
regiment he was wounded at White Plains. On 18 June 1776, he was appointed
muster-master-general. He was a delegate from Delaware to the old congress,
1783-'5, and in 1796 was elected governor of Delaware.
cousin, Gunning Bedford, Jr., born
in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1747, died in Wilmington, Del., 30 March 1812,
was graduated at the College of New Jersey in 1771, delivering the valedictory
oration. After graduation he studied in the law-office of Joseph Reed, of
Philadelphia, was admitted to the bar, and practiced law at Dover and afterward
at Wilminton, Del. During the revolutionary war he acted for a short time as
aide-de-camp to General Washington. Resuming his practice after the close of the
war, he was in the course of a few years elected to the Delaware House of
Representatives. He represented Delaware in the continental congress from 1783
till 1786, and was also a member of the constitutional convention, in which he
took an active part, and by his eloquence influenced the decision of the
convention to give the same representation in the senate to large and small
states. He was a presidential elector in 1789 and in 1793. He became attorney
general of the state, and remained in that office until the organization of the
government in 1789, when President Washington appointed him United States judge
for the district of Delaware, which place he held until his last illness.
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;
re-interment at the Masonic Home of Delaware, on Lancaster Pike, two miles west
of Wilmington, Del. - -Biographical
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Leader Gunning Bedford, Jr.
... Gunning Bedford, Jr. was born in Philadelphia, Pa. in 1747 and raised there.
was the fifth of seven children and was descended from a distinguished family
Convention of 1787, The,
... Luther Martin 1766 (Maryland) William C. Houston 1768 (New Jersey) Gunning
Jr. 1771 (Delaware) James Madison 1771 (Virginia) William R. Davie 1776 ...
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