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James WADSWORTH

(1730-1817)

WADSWORTH, James, a Delegate from Connecticut; born in Durham, Middlesex County, Conn., July 8, 1730; received a thorough English training and was graduated from Yale College in 1748; studied law and was admitted to the bar; town clerk 1756-1786; justice of the peace in 1762; appointed judge of the New Haven County Court in 1773 and promoted to presiding judge five years later; member of the committee of safety; served in the Revolutionary Army as a colonel and brigadier general of Connecticut Militia, and as a second major general 1777-1779; Member of the Continental Congress 1784; member of the State executive council 1785-1789; State comptroller in 1786 and 1787; member of the State ratification convention in 1788 and opposed adoption of the Constitution; died in Durham, Conn., September 22, 1817; interment in the Old Cemetery.

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

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