Roger Sherman

Born Apr 19, 1721

Roger Sherman was an early American lawyer and politician, as well as a founding father. He served as the first mayor of New Haven, Connecticut, and served on the Committee of Five that drafted the Declaration of Independence, and was also a representative and senator in the new republic. He was the only person to sign all four great state papers of the U.S.… Read More

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1721 Birth Born on April 19, 1721.


1743 22 Years Old In 1743, due to his father's death, Sherman moved (on foot) with his mother and siblings to New Milford, Connecticut, where in partnership with his brother William (wife Ruth), he opened the town's first store. … Read More
1745 24 Years Old Due to his mathematical skill he became county surveyor of New Haven County in 1745, and began providing astronomical calculations for almanacs in 1759. Roger Sherman was married two times and had a total of fifteen children with thirteen reaching adulthood. Roger married Elizabeth 17 Nov 1749. … Read More


1754 33 Years Old Despite the fact that Sherman had no formal legal training, he was urged to read for the bar exam by a local lawyer and was admitted to the Bar of Litchfield, Connecticut in 1754, during which he wrote A Caveat Against Injustice and was chosen to represent New Milford in the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1755 to 1758 and from 1760 to 1761.


1762 41 Years Old Sherman was appointed justice of the peace in 1762 and judge of the court of common pleas in 1765.
1763 42 Years Old Roger married Rebecca (also spelled Rebekah) Prescott 12 May 1763. … Read More
1766 45 Years Old 1 More Event
During 1766, Sherman was first elected to the Governor's Council of the Connecticut General Assembly, where he served until 1785.


1776 55 Years Old During February 1776, Sherman, George Wythe, and John Adams were members of a committee responsible for establishing guidelines for U.S. embassy officials in Canada with the committee instructions that included, "You are to declare that we hold sacred the rights of conscience, and may promise to the whole people, solemnly in our name, the free and undisturbed exercise of their religion. … Read More


1784 63 Years Old In 1784 he was elected Mayor of New Haven, which office he held until his death.
1790 69 Years Old In 1790 both Sherman and Richard Law were appointed to revise the confused and archaic Connecticut statutes, which they accomplished.
1793 72 Years Old 1 More Event
Sherman died in his sleep on July 23, 1793 after a two-month illness diagnosed as typhoid fever. … Read More
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