Gunning Bedford, Jr.

Gunning Bedford, Jr.

(1747-1812)


Like many of the Framers, Bedford was born into a large family.

A roommate of James Madison at the College of New Jersey, Bedford later studied law in Philadelphia.

Bedford moved to Delaware, where he practiced law and served the state as a legislator, representative to the Continental Congress, and attorney general.

Beford was a member of the committee that drafted the Great Compromise, representing the small states’ point of view.

After the Convention, Bedford spent many years as a federal district judge.

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