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Jesse Root

Jesse Root, American Continental congressman, jurist. member Connecticut Council of Safety; member Continental Congress, 1778-1783; member Connecticut House of Representatives, 1807, 09; member American Academy Arts and Sets.

Background

  • Root, Jesse was born on January 8, 1737 in Coventry, Connecticut, United States. Son of Ebenezer and Sarah (Strong) Root.

  • Education

    • Graduate Princeton, 1756. Doctor of Laws, Yale.

    Career

    • Admitted to Connecticut bar, 1763. Member Connecticut Council of Safety. Commissioned captain Connecticut Militia, 1776, lieutenant colonel, adjunct general:, 1777.

      Member Continental Congress, 1778-1783. Chairman Connecticut Council, 1780-1789. State’s attorney, 1785-1789.

      Assistant judge Connecticut Superior Court, 1789, chief justice, 1796-1807. Member Connecticut House of Representatives, 1807, 09. Presidential elector, 1808.

      Delegate Connecticut Constitutional Convention, 1818. School visitor, Coventry, Connecticut. Member American Academy Arts and Sets.

      Author: Reports of Cases Adjudged in the Superior Court and Supreme Court of Errors of Connecticut, 1789-1793, published, 1798.

    Works

    • Author: Reports of Cases Adjudged in the Superior Court and Supreme Court of Errors of Connecticut, 1789-1793, published, 1798.

    Membership

    Member Connecticut Council of Safety. Member Continental Congress, 1778-1783. Member Connecticut House of Representatives, 1807, 09.

    Member American Academy Arts and Sets.

    Connections

    • Married Mary Banks, May 18, 1758, 9 children.
    • father: Ebenezer Root
    • mother: Sarah (Strong) Root
    • spouse: Mary Banks
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    Died March 29, 1822
    (aged 85)
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