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John Leland
Birth: May 14, 1754
Death: Jan. 14, 1841

Baptist preacher whose relationship with James Madison greatly influenced the inclusion of religious freedom in the Bill of Rights. Leland and Madison met to discuss Madison's candidacy to the Constitutional Convention. When Madison assured Leland that he would do everything he could to be sure religious freedom was protected in the new Constitution, Leland rallied the Baptists of the area behind Madison, who won a seat at the convention. Later, of course, Madison introduced the amendments which would become known as the Bill of Rights, the very first amendment guaranteeing religious freedom in America. (bio by: Mike Reed) 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Sarah Devine Leland (1753 - 1837)*
 
 Children:
  Betsey Leland Barker (1777 - 1855)*
  Polly Leland Ford (1780 - 1840)*
  Lemuel Powers Leland (1793 - 1885)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Cheshire Cemetery
Cheshire
Berkshire County
Massachusetts, USA
Plot: Near the higher elevation section of the cemetery
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Mike Reed
Record added: Sep 20, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6792326
John Leland
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John Leland
Added by: Mike Reed
 
John Leland
Added by: Mike Reed
 
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Thank you for your contributions to Sacred Harp music. May you rest in peace.
- William Bjornstad
 Added: Aug. 2, 2014

- Lanie
 Added: Jul. 6, 2014
His name was used for 4 Farnsworth ancestors of Craig Wright Farnsworth in the immediate family of abolitionist Hiram Warner Farnsworth-2 of his daughters and 2 of his grandsons were named Leland:Kate Leland Farnsworth,Addieline Leland Farnsworth,Henry Le...(Read more)
- Helen Farnsworth
 Added: Oct. 31, 2013
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