Sherman, Roger, 1721-1793

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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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referencedIn Jacob Eliot family papers, 1716-1945 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf Sherman, Roger, 1721-1793. Roger Sherman papers, 1781-1782. Connecticut Historical Society
creatorOf Adams, Abigail, 1744-1818. Gwathmey collection [manuscript], 1708-1852. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Rabinowitz, Louis Mayer, 1887-1957,. Louis Mayer Rabinowitz collection, 1676-1957 (inclusive), 1765-1915 (bulk). Yale University Library
creatorOf Sherman, Roger, 1721-1793. DS, 1771 November 4 : House of Assistants, October Sessions, [Connecticut]. Copley Press, J S Copley Library
referencedIn Louis Mayer Rabinowitz collection, 1676-1957 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Willard, Henry A. (Henry Augustus), 1902-. Henry A. Willard II collection, 1743-1888 (bulk 1770-1840). Library of Congress
referencedIn Butler, Pierce, 1744-1822. Pierce Butler papers, 1779-1787. Library of Congress
referencedIn News and Information Services (University of Michigan) photograph series D (faculty and staff portraits), 1946-2006, 1950-1990 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Sherman, Roger, 1721-1793. Roger Sherman (1721-1793) collection, 1749-1904 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Hoar, George Frisbie, 1826-1904. George Frisbie Hoar papers, 1784-1933, bulk: 1860-1905. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Sherman, Roger, 1721-1793. [Document] 1784 Aug. 25, New Haven / Roger Sherman. Smith College, Neilson Library
referencedIn Kirby, Ephraim, 1757-1804. Ephraim Kirby legal notes, 1785-1787. Litchfield Historical Society
referencedIn Yale University. Treasurer. Records of the treasurer, Yale University, 1700-1973 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Papers of John and Hannah Winthrop, 1728-1789 Harvard University Archives.
referencedIn Judd, William. William Judd letter, 1776 September 3. Connecticut Historical Society
referencedIn Evarts family. Evarts family papers, 1753-1960 (inclusive), 1798-1901 (bulk). Yale University Library
creatorOf Litchfield County (Conn.). County Court. Attachment, 1758 Aug. 26, New Milford, Conn., against Ephraim Seely. Rosenbach Museum & Library
creatorOf Sherman, Roger, 1721-1793. Report, 1791. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Sherman, Roger, 1721-1793. ALS, 1791 November 25 : Philadelphia, to unknown. Copley Press, J S Copley Library
referencedIn Houghton Library printed book provenance file, R-Z, and unidentified. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Washington Irving's Life of George Washington, Volume IV, Miscellany, 1756-1807. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Sherman, Roger, 1721-1793. Roger Sherman diary, 1779. Connecticut Historical Society
creatorOf Sherman, Roger, 1721-1793. Document with autograph superscription, 1788 Oct. 27. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Evarts family papers, 1753-1960, 1798-1901 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Washington Irving's Life of George Washington, Volume V, Miscellany, 1764-1792. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Thomas Addis Emmet collection, 1483-1876, 1700-1800 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Wolcott, Oliver, 1726-1797. Papers, 1638-1834. Connecticut Historical Society
creatorOf Sherman, Roger, 1721-1793. Roger Sherman statement concerning the new meeting house, 1756 Apr. 27. Buffalo History Museum, Research Library
referencedIn Gibbs family. Gibbs family papers, 1718-1893 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Sherman, Roger, 1721-1793. Autograph letter signed : to Governor Huntington, 1789 Jan. 7. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Waterbury family. Waterbury family papers, 1750-1897 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn United States. Constitutional Convention (1787). United States Constitutional Convention microfilm collection, 1787-1791 (inclusive), [microform]. Yale University Library
referencedIn Eliot, Jacob, 1700-1766. Jacob Eliot family papers, 1716-1945 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Whittelsey, Chauncey, 1746-1812. Chauncey Whittelsey papers, 1707-1852, bulk 1731-1811. Newberry Library
creatorOf Sherman, Roger, 1721-1793. Document signed, 1785 Dec. 23. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Sherman, Roger, 1721-1793. ALS, [1784 Oct., no day], New Haven, Conn., to John Lawrence. Rosenbach Museum & Library
creatorOf Sherman, Roger, 1721-1793. Clipped signature : [n.p., n.d.]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Paltsits, Victor Hugo, 1867-1952. Bibliographical papers, 1903-1944. New York State Historical Documents
creatorOf Rosenbach, A. S. W. (Abraham Simon Wolf), 1876-1952,. Signers of the Declaration of Independence autograph collection, 1756-1818. Rosenbach Museum & Library
creatorOf Sherman, Roger, 1721-1793. Autograph letter signed : to Lyman Hull, 1784 Jan. 20. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Roger Sherman (1721-1793) collection, 1749-1904 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn United States. Continental Congress. United States Continental Congress microfilm collection, 1777-1784 (inclusive), [microform]. Yale University Library
referencedIn Signers collection, 1770-1826. Johns Hopkins University, Sheridan Libraries and the Milton S. Eisenhower Library
creatorOf This Century Art Gallery Records, 1959-2001 Special Collections Research Center
referencedIn Jared Sparks collection of American manuscripts, 1582-1843. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Southern Economic Journal Records, 1937-2003 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection
referencedIn Washington Irving collection, 1683-1839, (bulk 1753-1839) Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
referencedIn Williams, William, 1731-1811. Letter to Jabez Huntington and portrait, 1776 September 30. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Pitkin, George. Accounts of payments made by George Pitkin, 1783-1789. Connecticut Historical Society
referencedIn Washington Irving's Life of George Washington, Volume VII, Miscellany, 1764-1792. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Frederick M. Dearborn collection of military and political Americana, Part I: The Revolution and the Administration, 1669-1958. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Wyllys family. Wyllys family papers, 1633-1829. Connecticut Historical Society
creatorOf Hall, Lyman, 1724-1790. Autograph letter signed : Savannah, to Roger Sherman, Esq., 1777 May 16. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Sherman, Roger, 1721-1793. Certificate, 1754. Connecticut Historical Society
creatorOf Sherman, Roger, 1721-1793. Papers of Roger Sherman, 1777-1789. Library of Congress
creatorOf Sherman, Roger, 1721-1793. Document signed by Roger Sherman, 1764 August to 1766 November. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Sherman, Roger, 1721-1793. Receipt signed, 1780 Nov.-1780 Dec. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Sherman, Roger, 1721-1793. Autograph letter signed : New Haven, to John Lawrence, 1786 Mar. 6. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Sherman, Roger, 1721-1793. The Resolve of the General Consociation of Connecticut, 1741-1746. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Adams family. Adams-Hull collection, 1775-1856. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Autograph File, S, 1556-1996. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Jared Sparks collection of documents concerning the American Revolution, 1740-1866 . Houghton Library.
referencedIn Ives, Chauncey Bradley, 1810-1894. Chauncey Ives papers, 1865-1871. Connecticut Historical Society
referencedIn Henry A. Willard II Collection, 1743-1888, (bulk 1770-1840) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Greene, Samuel, 1835-1921. Samuel Green autobiography, ca. 1916-1921. Washington State Historical Society
creatorOf Sherman, Roger, 1721-1793. ALS, 1789 April 20 : New York, to Pierpoint Edwards, New Haven. Copley Press, J S Copley Library
creatorOf Hurlbut, David. Deed, 1756 Dec. 16, New Milford, Conn. Rosenbach Museum & Library
referencedIn Letters and documents of signers of the Declaration of Independence, 1750-1933. Houghton Library.
referencedIn [Newton citizens : noteworthy biographies]. Minuteman Library Network
referencedIn Yale University. Treasurer. Records of the treasurer, Yale University, 1700-1971 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Caldwell, Charles, 1731-1801. Account book, 1757-1769. Connecticut Historical Society
referencedIn Robinson, Elmer E., 1894-1982,. Americana, 1765-1969. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
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Birth 1721-04-19

Death 1793-07-23

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