United States Bill of Rights 1789

Alexander White

(1738 – 19 September 1804) Lawyer, landowner, and member of U.S. House of Representatives. White was a member of the Williamsburg House of Burgesses for Hampshire County. As a Scottish Presbyterian, given the colonial government's support of the Church of England, he was a staunch advocate for the separation of church and state. He is said to be the first person to introduce legislation regarding freedom of religion. White was also a member of the state convention to ratify the U.S. Constitution, and it is believed that he published several essays in support of ratification under the pseudonym 'An Independent Freeholder.' Later, he served in the House of Representatives for the first two Congresses. His slaves were released after his death.

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