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 John Leland

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John Leland

Birth
Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 14 Jan 1841 (aged 86)
North Adams, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Cheshire, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot Near the higher elevation section of the cemetery
Memorial ID 6792326 View Source
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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


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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: Mike Reed
  • Added: 20 Sep 2002
  • Find a Grave Memorial 6792326
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/6792326/john-leland : accessed ), memorial page for John Leland (14 May 1754–14 Jan 1841), Find a Grave Memorial ID 6792326, citing Cheshire Cemetery, Cheshire, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .