Johnson, William Samuel, 1727-1819

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Dates:
Birth 1727-10-07
Death 1819-11-14

Biographical notes:

Johnson was the son of Samuel Johnson, Anglican clergyman and first president of King's College (Columbia University). He served in the Continental Congress from Connecticut and signed the U.S. Constitution, served in the U.S. Senate (1789-1791) and eventually as president of Columbia University. He spent time in England from 1767-1771.

From the description of [Letters] / Wm. Sam. Johnson. [between 1768 and 1773] (Smith College). WorldCat record id: 244252285

Statesman, jurist, and educator.

From the description of William Samuel Johnson papers, 1745-1936 (bulk 1745-1790). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79423815

Johnson was the son of Anglican minister Samuel Johnson, a graduate of Yale College in 1744, practicing lawyer, a deputy to the Connecticut General Assembly from Stratford, a delegate to the Stamp Act Congress, a member of the Governor's Council, a special agent to the Privy Council in London, a member of the Constitutional Convention and President of Columbia College.

From the description of William Samuel Johnson personal, political and legal papers, 1658-1817. (Hartford Public Library). WorldCat record id: 294901835

William Samuel Johnson, 1727-1819, son of Samuel Johnson, 1696-1772, first President of King's College, became the first President of Columbia University under its new name in 1787.

While President from 1787-1800, Johnson also served as one of the first two U.S. Senators from Connecticut, 1789-1791, when the removal of the country's capital to Philadelphia forced his retirement from the Senate. He had previously served a distiguished career in the Connecticut State legislature, in the Continental Congress of 1784-1787, and was one of the framers of the Constitution.

From the description of Papers, 1753-1802. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 309768587

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