John Leland

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John Leland


Born: 14 May 1754, Grafton, Massachusetts

Died: 14 Jan 1841, Cheshire, Massachusetts


John Leland was an American Baptist minister. In September, 1779, he married Sally Devine of Hopkinton, Massachusetts. He and his wife moved to Virginia, where he reportedly influenced James Madison to include prohibition against a state church in the Constitution's Bill of Rights. The last part of his life was spent in Massachusetts.

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  • Greene, L. F., Editor. 1845. The writings of the late Elder John Leland, including some events in his life, written by himself. New York: G. W. Wood. 745 pp.

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