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Gantt, Edward  

(1746-c. 1837). Gantt and Mason Locke Weems were the first two persons ordained in England after Parliament passed an act which allowed the ordination of deacons and priests without the requirement of an oath of allegiance to the English monarch. He was born in Prince George County, Maryland, and practiced medicine in Somerset County. He was ordained deacon on Sept. 5, 1784, and priest on Sept. 12, 1784, in England. In 1795 he moved to Georgetown, District of Columbia. After 1800 he was repeatedly chosen chaplain of the United States Senate. About 1807 he moved to Kentucky and died near Louisville. 

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