Born: July 16, 1731 at Windham, Connecticut
Died: January 5, 1796 (aged 64) at Norwich, Connecticut
Spouse: Martha Devotion (m. 1761 – 1794)
18th Governor of Connecticut (1786 – 1796)
2nd Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut (1784 – 1786)
7th President of the Continental Congress (1779 – 1781)
Political Party: Federalist
Facts about Samuel Huntington
While the couple would not have children, when his brother (Rev. Joseph Huntington) died they adopted their nephew and niece. They raised Samuel H. Huntington and Frances as their own.
In 1785 he built his mansion house just off the Norwichtown Green at what is now 34 East Town Street and the current headquarters of United and Community Family Services, Inc. Huntington was an outspoken critic of the Coercive Acts of the British Parliament.
It was during his term as President that the Congress ratified the Articles of Confederation and adopted the name “United States.” He presided over the adoption of the Federal Constitution in 1788 and the decision to erect a new state house in Hartford, designed by the highly regarded Boston architect Charles Bulfinch.
His nephew and adopted son Samuel H. Huntington moved to the Ohio country that he had been instrumental in opening up, and later became the third Governor of Ohio. In 1786 Samuel was elected Governor of Connecticut, an office he held until his death in 1796.
Samuel Huntington Childhood
Samuel was born to Nathaniel and Mehetabel Huntington on July 16, 1731 in Windham, Connecticut (his birthplace is now in Scotland, Connecticut, which broke off from Windham in 1857). His house is now currently accessible off of Route 14. He was the fourth of ten children, but the oldest son. He had a limited education in the common schools, then was self-educated.
When Samuel was 16 he was apprenticed to a cooper, but also continued to help his father on the farm. His education came from the library of Rev. Ebenezer Devotion and books borrowed from local lawyers. In 1754 Samuel was admitted to the bar, and moved to Norwich, Connecticut to begin practicing law.
Where is Samuel Huntington buried?
His tomb, which was extensively restored and renovated in a 2003 project, is located in the Old Norwichtown Cemetery behind his mansion house. Both Samuel and his wife Martha’s remains were disinterred during the course of the project and then re-interred in a formal ceremony on November 23, 2003.
How did Samuel Huntington die?
He died while in office, at his home in Norwich on January 5, 1796.