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Richard Bassett[1]

Male 1745 - 1815  (70 years)


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  • Name Richard Bassett 
    Born 2 Apr 1745  Cecil, Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 15 Aug 1815  Dover, Kent, Delaware, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Sep 1815  Wilmington, Deleware Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Richard Bassett, son of Arnold and Judith (Thompson) Bassett, was born 2 Apr 1745 in Cecil County, Maryland. He died 15 Sep 1815. He served as a United States Senator from Delaware from 1789 to 1793. He was governor of Delaware from 1799 to 1801. He was a judge of the U.S. Circuit Court in 1801 and 1802. He began practicing law in Dover, Delaware about 1770. He was a captain of a troop of cavalry during the Revolutionary War. He signed the United States Constitution. He married (1) Ann Ennals of Dorchester County, Maryland. He married (2) Miss Burft of Tabot CoDelaware's 14th Governor & Colonial Leader, Richard Bassett

      Richard Bassett was born the son of Arnold & Judith Thompson Bassett in Cecil County, MD., on April 2, 1745. After his father deserted his mother, he was reared by a relative, Peter Lawson, from whom he later inherited "Bohemia Manor" (MD) estate. He read for the law in Philadelphia and in 1770 received a license to practice in Dover, De. He prospered as a lawyer and planter, and eventually came to own not only "Bohemia Manor", but homes in Dover and Wilmington, De. as well.
      During the Revolutionary War, Bassett captained a cavalry militia from Dover and served on the Delaware council of safety. Subsequently, he participated in Delaware's constitutional convention and sat in both the House and Senate in the Delware Legislature. In 1786 he represented Delaware in the Annapolis Convention.
      At the U.S. Consititutional Convention in 1787, Bassett attended diligently but made no speeches, served on no committees, and cast no critical votes. Like several other delegates of estimable reputation and talent, he allowed others to make the major steps.
      Bassett subsequently went on to a bright career in the state and federal governments. In the Delaware ratifying convention, he joined in the 30-0 vote for the Consitution. Subsequently, in the years 1789-93, he served in the U.S. Senate. In that capacity, he voted in favor of the power of the President to remove governmental officers and against Hamilton's plan for federal assumption of state debts.
      From 1793 until 1799 Bassett held the chief justiceship of the court of common pleas. He espoused the Federalist cause in the 1790's, and served as a Presidential elector on behalf of John Adams in 1797. Two years later, Bassett was elected Governor of Delaware and continued in that post until 1801. That year, he became President Adam's "midnight" appointment as a judge of the U.S. Circuit Court. Subsequently, the Jeffersonian Republicans abolished his judgeship, and he spent the rest of his life in retirement.
      Bassett was married twice. He first married Ann Ennals and they had four children prior to her death. He then married Betsy Garnett with whom he had no children. He was a devout Methodist and held religious meetings at Bohemia Manor and supported the church financially. He died in September, 1815 at the age of 70 and was interred in the Wilmington & Brandywine Cemetery, Wilmington, De.

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    Person ID P7  32B Arnold Bassett of Maryland
    Last Modified 17 Sep 2012 

    Father 32B Arnold Bassett,   b. 11 Mar 1707, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1770, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Judith Thompson,   b. 11 May 1707, Cecil, Maryland, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 21 Jan 1722  Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Betsy Garnett (Burff ?) 
    Married Abt 1800  Talbot County, MD Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F5  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Ann Ennals,   b. 1746, Maryland, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1796, Cecil, Maryland, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years) 
    Married 22 Dec 1774 
    Children 
     1. Richard Ennals Bassett,   b. 22 Sep 1775,   d. Feb 1776  (Age 0 years)  [Natural]
    +2. Ann Bassett,   b. 20 Aug 1777,   d. 6 Aug 1854  (Age 76 years)
     3. Nancy Bassett,   b. 20 Aug 1777,   d. 6 Aug 1815  (Age 37 years)  [Natural]
     4. Rachel Bassett,   b. adopted ?  [Natural]
     5. Mary Bassett  [Natural]
    Family ID F6  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S-1758799062] Ancestry Family Trees, (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com. Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members.), Ancestry Family Trees.
      http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/AMTCitationRedir.aspx?tid=46643906&pid=7