A Papist in a Protestant Age: The Case of Richard Bennett, 1667-1749
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Citation of Original PublicationHardy, Beatriz. "A Papist in a Protestant Age: The Case of Richard Bennett, 1667-1749." The Journal of Southern History, Volume LX, No. 2, pp. 203-228
This is a case study of what it meant to be gentry or elite in colonial America, specifically in Maryland. Richard Bennett III (1667-1749) of Queen Anne's County was the richest man in the colony. A Catholic, he was denied the right to hold political office due to his religion, but his wealth and social standing allowed him to serve as a leader, both for the Catholics of Maryland and for the colony as a whole.