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Near Orange in Orange County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Elder John Leland
 
Elder John Leland Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, January 5, 2008
1. Elder John Leland Marker
 
Inscription.
Courageous leader of
the Baptist Doctrine
Ardent advocate of the principles
of democracy
Vindicator of separation
of church and state.


Near this spot in 1788, elder John Leland and James Madison, the father of the American Constitution, held a significant interview which resulted in the adoption of the Constitution by Virginia. Then Madison, a member of Congress from Orange, presented the First Amendment to the Constitution guaranteeing religious liberty, free speech, and a free press. This satisfied Leland and his Baptist followers.

Presented by Eugene Bucklin Dowden, President, Berkshire County, Massachusetts Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution.
 
Erected by Berkshire County, Massachusetts Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Sons of the American Revolution - marker series.
 
Location. 38° 15.457′ N, 78° 0.686′ W. Marker is near Orange, Virginia, in Orange County. Marker is at the intersection of Constitution Highway (State Highway 20) and Clifton Road (County Route 628), on the right when traveling west on Constitution Highway. Click for map. Located in Leland-Madison Monumental Park. Marker is in this post office area: Orange VA 22960, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
 
Elder John Leland Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, January 5, 2008
2. Elder John Leland Marker
 
At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Campaign of Second Manassas (within shouting distance of this marker); Bloomsbury (approx. 2.3 miles away); Lee's Headquarters (approx. 3.6 miles away); Campaign of 1781 (approx. 4.7 miles away); Town of Orange (approx. 5.4 miles away); Orange Train Station (approx. 5.4 miles away); General Zachary Taylor (approx. 5.5 miles away); Montpelier and Madison's Tomb (approx. 5.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Orange.
 
More about this marker. The marker displays a relief portrait of John Leland.
 
Also see . . .
1. John Leland on Separation of Church and State. (Submitted on January 13, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. A Baptist Preacher and The First Amendment. (Submitted on January 13, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
Rededication Stone Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, January 5, 2008
3. Rededication Stone
Dedication
of
Leland-Madison Monumental Park
religious freedom for all
October 4, 1953
Orange County Jaycees
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on January 13, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,616 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 13, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
 
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