William S Johnson, Signer of the US Constitution

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William Samuel JOHNSON

Birthplace: Stratford, Fairfield, CT
Death: Died in Stratford, Fairfield, CT
Immediate Family:

Son of Rev. Dr. Samuel Johnson, 1st President of Columbia University and Charity L'Hommedieu
Husband of Ann Johnson
Father of Gloriana Anne Alden
Half brother of William Nicoll and Benjamin Nicoll

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About William S Johnson, Signer of the US Constitution

JOHNSON, William Samuel, a Delegate and a Senator from Connecticut; born in Stratford, Conn., on October 7, 1727; was tutored privately by his father; graduated from Yale College in 1744 and from Harvard College in 1747; studied law; admitted to the bar and practiced in Stratford; member, colonial house of representatives 1761, 1765, and of the upper house 1766, 1771-1775; served as a delegate to the Stamp Act Congress held in New York City in October 1765; was Connecticut agent extraordinary to the court of England to determine the State title to Indian lands 1767-1771; judge of Connecticut Supreme Court 1772-1774; member of the Continental Congress 1785-1787; delegate to the Constitutional Convention in 1787; served as the first president of Columbia College of New York City 1787-1800; elected to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1789, to March 4, 1791, when he resigned; died in Stratford, Conn., on November 14, 1819; interment in the Episcopal Cemetery.

Dictionary of American Biography; Groce, G.C. William Samuel Johnson: A Maker of the Constitution. New York: Columbia University Press, 1937; McCaughey, Elizabeth. William Samuel Johnson, Loyalist and Founding Father. New York: Columbia University Press, 1980. http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=J000182


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October 7, 1727
Stratford, Fairfield, CT
March 17, 1757
Age 29
September 17, 1787
- September 17, 1787
Age 59
Independence Hall, Philadelphia,

The Signers of the U. S. Constitution

New Hampshire
John Langdon
Nicholas Gilman

Rufus King
Nathaniel Gorham

Roger Sherman
William Samuel Johnson

New York
Alexander Hamilton

New Jersey
William Livingston
David Brearley
William Paterson
Jonathan Dayton

Benjamin Franklin
Thomas Mifflin
Robert Morris
George Clymer
Thomas FitzSimons
Jared Ingersoll
Gouverneur Morris
James Wilson

George Read
Gunning Bedford, Jr.
John Dickinson
Richard Bassett
Jacob Broom

James McHenry
Daniel Carroll
Dan of St. Thomas Jenifer

John Blair
James Madison, Jr.
George Washington

North Carolina
William Blount
Richard Dobbs Spaight
Hugh Williamson

South Carolina
John Rutledge
Charles Cotesworth Pinckney
Charles Pinckney
Pierce Butler

William Few
Abraham Baldwin

Biographies of the Founding Fathers

Colonial Hall now contains 103 biographical sketches of America's founding fathers. At this time we have divided them up into 3 groups:
As you will see there are still many biographies that need to be added to our site, including a new category: Other Founding Fathers.

The biographies on this site are primarily from 1 of the following 2 sources:
Lives of the Signers to the Declaration of Independence, by the Rev. Charles A. Goodrich. Published in 1829.
The United States Manual of Biography and History, by James V. Marshall. Published by James B. Smith & Co., in Philadelphia in the year 1856.
The U.S. Constitution at the National Archives

November 14, 1819
Age 92
Stratford, Fairfield, CT