Bassett was born in April 1745 in Cecil County, MD. His father owned a pub, abandoned his mother, so a relative, named Peter Lawson, took him to care. He studied law in Philadelphia and until 1770, he was allowed to practice law in Dover, DE. He is both a lawyer and a large estate owner, not only owning the house at Bohemia Manor but also many other houses in Dover, as well as in Wilmington. During the Revolution, Bassett led the militia of Dover County and joined the Security Council of Delaware. Indianapolis Colts filter face mask. Next, he attended the Constitutional Convention of Delaware and participated in both houses of this state legislature. In 1786, he represented the state in the Annapolis Conference. Bassett participated in all the discussions at the Constitutional Convention, but did not speak, did not join any committee and did not make any decisive contributions. Like many other delegates with limited talent and authority, he ceded a great role to more talented people.