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Roger Sherman is best known for having been one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. He also represented Connecticut in the Continental Congress.
Sherman was born at Newton, Massachusetts (near Boston) in 1721. After becoming the surveyor for New Haven County in 1743, Sherman held various government posts before being elected to the Continental Congress in 1774. He also became quite wealthy.
After the Revolutionary War, he helped write both the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution.
Sherman died in New Haven, Connecticut on July 23, 1793 from typhoid.
Roger Sherman (1721-1793) was born in Newton, MA and died in New Haven, CT. He was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and on the committee that ratified the Articles of Confederation, the first government of the young United States. During his life, he was a representative in the state legislature, a lawyer, a judge in the Connecticut Superior Court, Mayor of New Haven, treasurer of Yale College, and Congressman and Senator from Connecticut. His greatest service, however, was during the Constitutional Convention, convened after the failure of the Articles of Confederation. He, and his fellow representatives devised the "Connecticut Compromise," which resolved a bitter dispute as to how representation in the Federal government would work, and established the now familiar bicameral legislature with proportional representation in the House, and equal representation in the Senate. See more info at the link:
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