Thursday, July 6, 2017

The Signers - William Williams - 4th Cousin 8 times removed



Born in 1731, he attained a common school education. He attended Harvard and graduated in 1751. He then studied theology with his father, Pastor of the First Congregational Church in Lebanon. Four years later, he joined his father's cousin in the French and Indian War at Lake George.

He was elected to the Continental Congress in 1776. He arrived too late to vote for Independence (he replaced Oliver Wolcott, who became seriously ill), but he did sign the Declaration, and was then appointed a member of the committee to frame the Articles of Confederation. In 1777 he was appointed to the Board of War. After the war, he attended the Hartford convention, where Connecticut ratified the Federal Constitution. Williams spent his remaining years as a County Court judge. He died in 1811 at the age of 80.

Once again, he comes from my maternal line - The Clossons, Armstrongs, Lewis, Moore and Stanley.




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1 comment:

  1. He attended Harvard! You have a lot of highly intelligent men and important men. You could write a book about all of these men who signed the Declaration

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