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Jesse Root

Continental congressman , jurist

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