Gant, Edward

Maryland clergyman.

Traveled to England for Episcopal ordination (c. 1783), discovered to his chagrin that candidates were required to take a loyalty oath, and consulted Franklin and John Adams for advice. Ordained shortly after this requirement was removed (c. September 1784).

He was probably the Edward Gant (c. 1741-c. 1837), son of Thomas and Rachel (Smith) Gantt of Prince George’s County, Maryland, who was educated at Princeton (B.A. 1762), Edinburgh, and Leyden (M.D. 1767), married Ann (Stroughton) Sloss in 1768, and practiced medicine in Maryland before and during the Revolutionary War.

He later became rector of All Hallows Parish, Maryland, frequently served as Senate chaplain during Jefferson’s administration, and eventually moved to Kentucky (c. 1808). Name also spelled “Gantt.”