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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: June 2019

4 - The Friendly Jurisprudence and Early Feminism of John Dickinson


Connecticut’s Roger Sherman and Oliver Ellsworth were among the most important participants in the War for Independence, the Constitutional Convention, and the First Federal Congress. In addition, both served on their state’s Superior Court, and Ellsworth was chief drafter of the Judiciary Act of 1789 and Chief Justice of the United States from 1796–1800. Their religious convictions, informed by Reformed theology, influenced their contributions to the creation of America’s constitutional order, and they represent well the 50–75 percent of Americans in this era who Calvinists.