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Roger Sherman

April 19, 1721
July 23, 1793
Home Town:
Newtown, MA
Later Residences:
New Milford, CT
New Haven, CT
Biographical Notes:
In 1723, when Sherman was 2 years of age, his family relocated from his Newton, Massachusetts, birthplace to Dorchester (present Stoughton). As a boy, he was spurred by a desire to learn and read widely in his spare time to supplement his minimal education at a common school. But he spent most of his waking hours helping his father with farming chores and learning the cobbler's trade from him. In 1743, 2 years after his father's death, Sherman joined an elder brother who had settled in New Milford, Connecticut.

Purchasing a store, becoming a county surveyor, and winning a variety of town offices, Sherman prospered and assumed leadership in the community. In 1749, he married Elizabeth Hartwell, by whom he had seven children. Without benefit of a formal legal education, he was admitted ...

Profession / Service
Political Office
Federal Posts:
U.S. Senator (Connecticut) 1791–1793
Local Posts:
Mayor (New Haven, CT) 1784–1793
Clerk Town (New Milford, CT)

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