Birth of the Nation: The First Federal Congress 1789-1791
The First Federal Congress

Representative Roger Sherman

Roger Sherman (1721-1793), M.A. (Hon.) 1768

Painting (ca. 1775) by Ralph Earl (1751-1801)

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Representative Roger Sherman
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Life dates: 19 April 1721 - 23 July 1793
Place of Residence (1789): New Haven, Connecticut
Occupation (1789): Lawyer
Place of Birth: Newton, Massachusetts
Age (March 4, 1789): 67
Religion (1789): Congregationalist
College Education: Yale
Marital Status (1789): Married
Military Service during the Revolutionary War: None
Prior Political Offices: State Legislature
Continental Congress
Mayor of New Haven, CT
Delegate to Federal Convention: Yes
Delegate to State Ratification Convention: Yes
Pro/Anti ratification of Constitution: Pro
Support for strong central government (particularly in its executive functions) Moderate
Last year of continuous service in House: 1791
Senate Service 1791-1793
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