Delaware Constitution, 1776




Delaware was one of the 11 original states to adopt a constitution in 1776. This Constitution required a religious oath of all elected to office. Although religious oaths were somewhat common at that time, the main difference between this oath and those of other states is that Delaware required a belief in the trinity. Delaware is unique in this regard. This religious test was abolished in the Constitution of 1792.

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie Religious Institutions Group

“I, A B, do profess faith in God the Father, and in Jesus Christ His only Son, and in the Holy Ghost, one God, blessed for ever more before ever more; and I do acknowledge the holy scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be given by divine inspiration.”

There shall be no establishment of any one religious sect in this State in preference to another; and no clergyman or preacher of the gospel, of any denomination, shall be capable of holding any civil office in this State, or of being a member of either of the branches of the legislature, while they continue in the exercise of the pastoral function.