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Joseph SPENCER

(1714-1789)

SPENCER, Joseph, a Delegate from Connecticut; born in East Haddam, Conn., October 3, 1714; completed preparatory studies; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced; held several local offices; judge of probate in 1753; served in the French war in 1758; member of the Connecticut Council in 1776; brigadier general in the Continental Army; commissioned major general August 9, 1776, and resigned June 14, 1778, because Congress had ordered an investigation of his military conduct in 1777; Member of the Continental Congress in 1779; again a member of the Connecticut Council in 1780 and was annually reelected until his death in East Haddam, Conn., on January 13, 1789; interment in Millington Green Cemetery; reinterment in Nathan Hale Park in 1904.

Bibliography

Sons of the Revolution. Connecticut Society. Decennial Register of the Society of the Sons of the Revolution in the State of Connecticut, 1893-1913. Hartford, Conn.: The Society, 1913.

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

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