Library of Congress
BASSETT, Richard (1745-1815)

BASSETT, RICHARD, (grandfather of Richard Henry Bayard and James Asheton Bayard, Jr.), a Senator from Delaware; born in Cecil County, Md., April 2, 1745; pursued preparatory studies; studied law; admitted to the bar and practiced in Delaware; captain of a Delaware troop during the Revolutionary War; member of the State constitutional conventions in 1776 and 1792; member, State senate 1782; member, State house of representatives 1786; delegate to the Federal Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787 and one of the signers of the Constitution; member of the Delaware convention which ratified the Federal Constitution in 1787; elected to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1789, to March 3, 1793; chief justice of the court of common pleas 1793-1799; Governor of Delaware 1799-1801; appointed United States circuit judge by President John Adams in 1801; died on his estate, 'Bohemia Manor,' in Cecil County, Md., August 15, 1815; interment Brandywine Cemetery, Wilmington, Del.

Brown University
Providence, RI
Papers: Bassett and Delaware politics discussed in a journal (1792-1800) in the Thomas Rodney papers, [ca. 1784-1810?].

Germantown, PA
Papers: 1 item (June 1789) in Chew papers.

Cornell University
Rare Book and Manuscript Collections
Ithaca, NY
Papers: 1772 August. 1 item. Summons to Benjamin Needham of Littlebrook Hundred, Delaware.

Hall of Records
Dover, DE
Papers: 1799-1801. .3 cubic foot. Records of the executive branch during Bassett's term as governor. Also portraits. Finding aid.

Historical Society of Delaware
Wilmington, DE
Papers: 4 items (March 21, 1789-January 20, 1789) in Richard S. Rodney collection; 1 item in Morse autograph collection; 3 items (1799-1814); and photographs of portraits.

Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 1 item (September 3, 1789) in Gratz collection.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: 1 letter (July 30, 1790) in George Washington papers; and 1 letter (1799).

Pierpont Morgan Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1772. 1 item.

  • Pattison, Robert Emory. The Life and Character of Richard Bassett. Wilmington: Historical Society of Delaware, 1900.