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Roger Sherman

Roger Sherman, American Continental congressman, jurist.

Background

  • Sherman, Roger was born on April 19, 1721 in Newton, Massachusetts, United States. Son of William and Mehetabel (Wellington) Sherman.

  • Education

    • Master of Arts (honorary), Yale, 1768.

    Career

    • 15 children. Surveyor, New Haven County, Connecticut, 1745-1752, Litchfield County, Connecticut. 1752-1758; published series of almanacs between 1750-1761. Admitted to Litchfield (Connecticut) bar, 1754.

      Member Connecticut General Assembly, 1755, 56, 58-61. 64-66; moved to New Haven, Connecticut, 1761. Member Connecticut Senate, 1766-1785.

      Judge Superior Court of Connecticut, 1766-1767, 73-88. Signer Articles of Association, 1774. Member commission on declaration of rights 1st Continental Congress, 1774, member committee appointed to draft Declaration of Independence.

      One of leading figures in shaping laws of Congress, 1774-1781. Member Continental Congress, 1783-1784. Member commission on Articles of Confederation, 1774.

      Member Council of Safety of Connecticut, 1777-1779, 82. With Richard Law revised statutory law of Connecticut, 1783. Mayor New Haven, 1784-1793.

      Leading member of compromise group in the United States Constitutional Convention, Philadelphia, 1787, introduced Connecticut Compromise. Member United States House of Representatives from Connecticut, 1st Congress, 1789-1791. Member United States Senate from Connecticut, June 13, 1791-July 23, 1793.

      Only member of Continental Congress who signed all 4 of great state papers, Declaration of 1774, Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, United States Constitution.

    Membership

    Member Connecticut General Assembly, 1755, 56, 58-61. Member Connecticut Senate, 1766-1785. Member commission on declaration of rights 1st Continental Congress, 1774.

    Member Continental Congress, 1783-1784. Member commission on Articles of Confederation, 1774. Member Council of Safety of Connecticut, 1777-1779, 82.

    Member United States House of Representatives from Connecticut, 1st Congress, 1789-1791. Member United States Senate from Connecticut, June 13, 1791-July 23, 1793.

    Connections

    • Married Elizabeth Hartwell, November 17, 1749. Married second, Rebecca (or Rebekah) Prescott, May 12, 1763.
    • father: William Sherman
    • mother: Mehetabel (Wellington) Sherman
    • spouses: Elizabeth Hartwell
    • Rebecca
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    Born April 19, 1721
    Died July 23, 1793
    (aged 72)
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