Birth of the Nation: The First Federal Congress 1789-1791
The First Federal Congress

Representative Benjamin Bourne

Benjamin Bourne. (ca. 1810-1890)

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Life dates: 9 December 1755-17 September 1808
Place of Residence (1789): Providence, Rhode Island
Occupation (1789): Lawyer
Place of Birth: Bristol, Rhode Island
Age (March 4, 1789): 33
Religion (1789): Unknown
College Education: Harvard
Marital Status (1789): Single
Military Service during the Revolutionary War: Officer, State Militia
Prior Political Offices: State Legislature
State Council of War
Delegate to Federal Convention: No
Delegate to State Ratification Convention: Yes
Pro/Anti ratification of Constitution: Pro
Support for strong central government (particularly in its executive functions): Moderate
Last year of continuous service in House: 1796

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