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BASSETT, Richard, governor of Delaware, born in Delaware; died in September 1815. He was a lawyer, and a member of congress under the old confederation in 1787, and was also a member of the convention that framed the federal constitution. From 1789 to 1793 he was a United States senator, and was the first member that east his vote in favor of locating the capital on the Potomac. Chosen presidential elector in 1797, he voted for John Adams; from 1798 till 1801 he was governor of his state. In 1801 and 1802 he was a United States circuit judge. His daughter became the wife of James A. Bayard, signer of the treaty of Ghent.
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