Samuel Huntington

Samuel Huntington (1731 - 1796)

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Samuel Huntington
Born in Windham, Windham, Connecticutmap
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Died in Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USAmap
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Samuel Huntington performed Patriotic Service in Connecticut in the American Revolution
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"While the great body of freeholders are acquainted with the duties which they owe to their God, to themselves, and to men, they will remain free. But if ignorance and depravity should prevail, they will inevitably lead to slavery and ruin."

Preceded by
17th Governor
Matthew Griswold
Samuel Huntington
18th Governor
of Connecticut
CT Governor
Succeeded by
19th Governor
Oliver Wolcott
Preceded by
6th President
John Jay
Samuel Huntington
7th President
of the Continental Congress
28 Sep 1779 - 10 Jul 1781
Succeeded by
8th President
Thomas McKean


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Samuel Huntington was born July 16, 1731 in Windham, Connecticut, the son of Nathaniel Huntington and Mehitable Thurston Huntington. He was the brother of Nathaniel Huntington, Abigail Huntington, Mehitabel Huntington, Jonathan Huntington, Joseph Huntington, Eliphalet Huntington, Enoch Huntington, Sibyl Huntington and Elijah Huntington. [1]

Samuel married Martha Devotion, daughter of Ebeneezer Devotion, in 1761. They remained together until her death in 1794. They had no children. They adopted their nephew and niece after the death of his brother, Jospeh. They raised Samuel H. Huntington and Frances as their own.

Samuel was a jurist, statesman, and Patriot in the American Revolution. He was a delegate to the Continental Congress. Samuel signed the both the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation. He also served as President of the Continental Congress from 1779 to 1781, [2]President of the United States in Congress Assembled (USCA) March 1, 1781 to July 6, 1781, chief justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court from 1784 to 1785, and the 18th Governor of Connecticut from 1786 until his death.[3]

Samuel died two years after Martha on January 5, 1796 in Norwich, Connecticut.[4] He is buried in Old Norwichtown Cemetery, Norwich, New London County, Connecticut, USA


  • Huntington County, Indiana is named in his honor.


  1. American National Biography Online: Samuel Huntington
  2. illson, Calvin C.; Wilson, Rick K. (1994). Congressional Dynamics: Structure, Coordination, and Choice in the First American Congress, 1774–1789. Stanford: Stanford
  3. Facts about Connecticut Governors, Connecticut State Library
  4. Wikipedia: Samuel Huntington

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