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Delegate to the Constitutional Convention (Maryland, did not sign)

Biographical Data
Religious Views
References, Links, & Further Reading

Education: College of William and Mary

Occupation: lawyer

Political Affiliation: Republican, Federalist

Organizational Affiliation(s): Mason

Religious Affiliation: Episcopalian

Summary of Religious Views:

Views on Religion & Politics:


"Civil and religious liberty are inseparably interwoven--whilst government is pure and equal--religion will be uncontaminated:--The moment government becomes disordered, bigotry and fanaticism take root and grow--they are soon converted to serve the purpose of usurpation, and finally, religious persecution reciprocally supports and is supported by the tyranny of the temporal powers." -- A [Maryland] Farmer, No. 7, 11 April 1788

References, Links, & Further Reading: Books, Articles, Links




Works by John Francis Mercer

A [Maryland] Farmer, no. 1 (The Founders' Constitution)
A [Maryland] Farmer, no. 2 (The Founders' Constitution)
A Farmer, Essay V (Constitution Society)
A [Maryland] Farmer, no. 6 (The Founders' Constitution)
A [Maryland] Farmer, no. 7 (The Founders' Constitution)

Biographical Sites

MERCER, John Francis, 1759-1821 (Biographical Directory of the US Congress)
A Biography of John Francis Mercer 1759-1821 (Hypertext on American History)
John Francis Mercer (National Archives -- The Founding Fathers)

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