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William Samuel Johnson

College president , jurist , senator

William Samuel Johnson, American senator, jurist, college president. Served as ensign in a Stratford company Connecticut Militia, 1753, advanced to higher grades,; member Connecticut Government's Council, 1766-1767, 71; member Continental Congress, 1784-1787; member United States Senate from Connecticut, 1789-1791.

Background

Johnson, William Samuel was born on October 7, 1727 in Stratford, Connecticut, United States. Son of Samuel and Charity (Floyd) Nicoll J: Bachelor of Arts, Yale, 1744, honorary Doctor of Laws, 1778.

Education

A.M., Harvard, 1747; Doctor of Civil Law, Oxford (England), U., 1766.

Career

Served as ensign in a Stratford company Connecticut Militia, 1753, advanced to higher grades, member Connecticut House of Representatives from Stratford, 1761, 65. Connecticut delegate Stamp Act Congress, 1765. Assistant or member upper house Connecticut Legislature, 1766-1774.

Colonial agent, London, England., 1766. Member Connecticut Government's Council, 1766-1767, 71. Honorary judge Connecticut Superior Court, 1771.

Refused appointment as delegate Continental Congress, 1774. Signer Declaration of Independence. Member Continental Congress, 1784-1787.

Chairman “the Grand Committee” appointed to frame United States Constitution. Proposed measure to form separate body of Senate. 1st president Columbia College, 1787-1800.

A counsellor in trial of the Susquehanna case, 1784-1787. Member United States Senate from Connecticut, 1789-1791. Active in shaping Judiciary Act of 1789.

Membership

Served as ensign in a Stratford company Connecticut Militia, 1753, advanced to higher grades. Member Connecticut Government's Council, 1766-1767, 71. Member Continental Congress, 1784-1787.

Member United States Senate from Connecticut, 1789-1791.

Connections

Married Anne Beach, November 5, 1749. Married second, Mary (Brewster) Beach, December 11, 1800.

father:
Samuel Bachelor of Arts

mother:
Charity (Floyd) Nicoll J: Bachelor of Arts

spouses:
Anne Beach

Mary