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Samuel HUNTINGTON

(1731-1796)

HUNTINGTON, Samuel, a Delegate from Connecticut; born in Windham (now Scotland), Conn., July 3, 1731; attended the common schools; learned the trade of cooper; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1758 and commenced practice in Norwich, Conn., in 1758; executive councilor in 1763; member of the colonial assembly in 1764; appointed Crown attorney in 1765; judge of the superior court from 1774 to 1784 and served as chief justice in the last-named year; Member of the Continental Congress in 1776, 1778-1781 and 1783, and served as President from September 28, 1779, to July 6, 1781, when he retired, receiving the thanks of the Congress, but was returned again for a short period in 1783; a signer of the Declaration of Independence; Lieutenant Governor of the State in 1785, and Governor from 1786 until his death in Norwich, Conn., January 5, 1796; interment in Old Colony Cemetery.

Bibliography

Gerlach, Larry R. Connecticut Congressman: Samuel Huntington, 1731-1796. Hartford: American Revolution Bicentennial Commission of Connecticut, 1977.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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