Huntington, Samuel, 1731-1796

Birth 1731-07-16
Death 1796-01-05

Biographical notes:

At this time, Samuel Huntington was the governor of Connecticut. George Clinton was the governor of New York.

From the description of Letter to George Clinton, 1791 November 11. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 155866432

Samuel Huntington (1731-1796) was born on July 16 in Windham, Connecticut. After private study, Huntington received permission to practice law in Connecticut in 1754. He moved to Norwich in 1760. He was elected as a Representative from Norwich to the Connecticut General Assembly in 1764. A delegate to the Continental Congress, in 1776 Huntington signed the Declaration of Independence. He served in the Continental Congress until 1874, during which time he served as its President from 1779 to 1781. The Congress ratified the Articles of the Confederation during Huntington's presidency. He was elected Governor of Connecticut in 1786, a position he held until his death in 1796.

From the description of Samuel Huntington petition, 1779 (Georgia Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 76829174

Governor of and delegate to the U.S. Continental Congress from Connecticut, and jurist.

From the description of Papers of Samuel Huntington, 1765-1794. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79451100

Huntington was a Connecticut lawyer who was a delegate to the U.S. Continental Congress, signed the Declaration of Independence and served as the governor of Connecticut (1786-1796). Benedict Arnold was a merchant and trader in the West Indies. He served in the U.S. Revolutionary Army, but defected to the British in 1780 and served until the War was over. He then went to Canada and eventually to England.

From the description of [Letter] 1765 Aug. 28, Norwich, [Ct., to] Benedict Arnold / Sam. Huntington. (Smith College). WorldCat record id: 244251861

Samuel Huntington (1731-1796) was born in Windham, Conn., and died in Norwich, Conn. He was admitted to the Connecticut bar in 1758 and began his practice in Norwich. Huntington represented Connecticut in the Continental Congress from 1775 to 1784, and was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. From 1779 to 1781, Huntington was president of the Congress, and from 1786 to 1795, he was annually reelected governor of Connecticut.

From the description of Correspondence, 1783-1794. (American Antiquarian Society). WorldCat record id: 191259447

Member of Continental Congress from Connecticut (president 1779-1781), signer of Declaration of Independence, governor of Connecticut 1786-1796.

From the description of ALS : Norwich, Conn., to Oliver Wolcott, Jr., 1787 July 2. (Rosenbach Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 122690089

American political leader, signer, and Governor of Connecticut.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Norwich, Conn., to President Washington, 1789 Nov. 20. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269532716

Epithet: President of the American Congress

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001031.0x00032e


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