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

Senator George Read

George Read

Painting (1784) by Robert Edge Pine (c. 1720-1788)

Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

George Read
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Life dates: 18 September 1733-21 September 1798
Place of Residence (1789): New Castle County, Delaware
Occupation (1789): Lawyer
Place of Birth: Cecil County, Maryland
Age (March 4, 1789): 55
Religion (1789): Episcopalian
College Education: Private Study
Marital Status (1789): Married
Military Service during the Revolutionary War: None
Prior Political Offices: Colonial Legislature
State Legislature
Continental Congress
State Constitutional Convention
Acting President of State (1777-8)
Annapolis Convention
Delegate to Federal Convention: Yes
Delegate to State Ratification Convention: No
Pro/Anti ratification of Constitution: Pro
Support for strong central government (particularly in its executive functions) Strong
Last year of continuous service in Senate: 1793
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