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

Representative Benjamin Contee

Benjamin Contee

Print (c. 1885) from etching by Max Rosenthal (1833-1918)

Courtesy of the NYPL Digital Gallery, The New York Public Library

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Life dates: 1755-30 November 1815
Place of Residence (1789): Charles County, Maryland
Occupation (1789): Lawyer
Place of Birth: "Brookfield", near Nottingham, Prince Georges County, Maryland
Age (March 4, 1789): 34
Religion (1789): Unknown
College Education: Private Study
Marital Status (1789): Single
Military Service during the Revolutionary War: Officer, Continental Army
Prior Political Offices: Confederation Congress
Delegate to Federal Convention: No
Delegate to State Ratification Convention: No
Pro/Anti ratification of Constitution: Unknown
Support for strong central government (particularly in its executive functions) Low/Moderate
Last year of continuous service in House: 1791
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