Sherman, Roger, 1721-1793

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Dates:
Birth 1721-04-19
Death 1793-07-23

Biographical notes:

Declaration of Independence signer from Connecticut.

From the description of Document signed by Roger Sherman, 1764 August to 1766 November. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 55230754

Roger Sherman was born in 1721 in Newton, Massachusetts, and early moved to Stoughton, Massachusetts, where he attended the public schools and later learned the shoemaker's trade. He moved to New Milford, Connecticut, in 1743 and became surveyor of New Haven County in 1745. During this period Sherman was engaged in the study of law and was admitted to the bar in 1754. He was a member of the Connecticut Assembly in 1755, 1756, 1758-61 and 1764-66. As Justice of the Peace for Litchfield County (1755-1761), he issued the warrant for the arrest of Timothy Hurlburt. He served as judge of the New Haven Superior Court and was a member of the State Senate. He served as Treasurer of Yale College from 1765 to 1776. He was a member of the Continental Congress 1774-1781, 1783, and 1784, and signed the Declaration of Independence as a member of the committee which drafted it. He was also on the committee which drafted the Articles of Confederation, and a delegate to the Constitutional Convention of 1787. As such he became the only person to sign all the great American state papers: the Articles of Association, of 1774, the Declaration of Independence of 1776, the Articles of Confederation in 1783, and the Constitution in 1787.

From the guide to the Roger Sherman (1721-1793) collection, 1749-1904, (Manuscripts and Archives)

Sherman, a native of Massachusetts, moved to Connecticut in his early twenties. Over the years he had several occupations, including store owner, surveyor, lawyer, and mayor of New Haven, Connecticut. Sherman is also well known for his participation in the formation of the government of the United States. He is the only person to have signed all four of the following: the United States Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Association, the Articles of Confederation, and the United States Constitution.

From the description of Certificate, 1754. (Hartford Public Library). WorldCat record id: 682887880

From the description of Roger Sherman papers, 1781-1782. (Hartford Public Library). WorldCat record id: 682887879

From the description of Roger Sherman diary, 1779. (Hartford Public Library). WorldCat record id: 694852020

American lawyer and merchant.

From the description of Clipped signature : [n.p., n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270873035

Sherman was a signer of the U. S. Articles of Association, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution.

From the description of [Document] 1784 Aug. 25, New Haven / Roger Sherman. (Smith College). WorldCat record id: 433571741

Born in Newton, Mass. on 19 April 1721; moved to New Milford, Conn. in 1743. Served as town clerk of New Milford; represented New Milford in the Connecticut legislature; member of the committee appointed to draft the Declaration of Independence; member of the Constitutional Convention of 1787.

From the description of Roger Sherman statement concerning the new meeting house, 1756 Apr. 27. (Buffalo History Museum). WorldCat record id: 170581716

American jurist and statesman.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : New Haven, to John Lawrence, 1786 Mar. 6. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270663518

Sherman signed all four great state papers.

From the description of DS, 1771 November 4 : House of Assistants, October Sessions, [Connecticut]. (Copley Press, J S Copley Library). WorldCat record id: 13921079

From the description of ALS, 1789 April 20 : New York, to Pierpoint Edwards, New Haven. (Copley Press, J S Copley Library). WorldCat record id: 13921031

Surveyor of New Haven County, 1745; admitted to the bar in 1754; member of the Connecticut Assembly 1755, 1756, 1758-1761, 1764-1766; Justice of the Peace for Litchfield County, 1755-1761; judge of the New Haven Superior Court; member of the State Senate; member of the Continental Congress 1774-1781, 1783, 1784.

From the description of Roger Sherman (1721-1793) collection, 1749-1904 (inclusive). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702206186

At this time, Roger Sherman was a U. S. Senator from Connecticut. Robert Morris was the Superintendent of Finances of the United States from 1781-1784. During this time he helped establish the National Bank. At this time, he was a U. S. Senator from Pennsylvania.

From the description of Report, 1791. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 155866500

Delegate to the Continental Congress, U.S. senator and representative, and jurist from Connecticut.

From the description of Papers of Roger Sherman, 1777-1789. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71070655

Sherman was the only member of Continental Congress who signed all four great state papers: Declaration of 1774, Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, U.S. Constitution.

From the description of ALS, 1791 November 25 : Philadelphia, to unknown. (Copley Press, J S Copley Library). WorldCat record id: 13901812

This Century Art Gallery - Williamsburg exhibits a wide variety of contemporary paintings, sculpture, and crafts by outstanding regional and national artists. The Gallery, adjacent to Merchants Square and the Historic Area in Williamsburg, Virginia, occupies a unique 1920 Sears Roebuck house that was modernized in the 1980s.

The Gallery is a nonprofit organization that is wholly volunteer-operated. Members give their time generously to manage Gallery business and to run the many programs it offers.

Membership fees and sales help support the Gallery. Major exhibitions open monthly with a preview reception for members and their guests.

The Gallery was named Twentieth Century Gallery when it opened in 1959 and is affiliated with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

--From the Web site for This Century Art Gallery, July 2007

From the guide to the This Century Art Gallery Records, 1959-2001, (Special Collections Research Center)

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