Senator Richard Bassett – First Federal Congress


This Richard Bassett History Mug is one of a collection of the First Federal Congress members biographical mugs.  An image of Richard Bassett  and a short biography are features of this history mug.

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Richard Bassett was a delegate from Delaware to the Constitutional Convention in 1787 and a signatory on the Constitution.  During the Revolutionary War, he mobilized the state’s military including the 1st Delaware Regiment.  In the Senate, in which he served from 1789 to 1793, he supported moving the nation’s capital from New York City to the Potomac River.  He opposed Alexander Hamilton’s plan for the federal government to assume most of the Revolutionary War debts incurred by the states.  In 1799, he was elected governor of Delaware.

First Federal Congress  1781-1789

The Continental Congress met between 1774-1785.  This was followed by the Confederation Congress, under the Articles of Confederation which existed between 1785-1789.  The First United States Congress, also known as the First Federal Congress, consisted of the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives, which met between, March 4, 1789 and March 4, 1791.

The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history.  The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton.  He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia-tone.  The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.

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