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Eliphalet Dyer

Birthdate: (85)
Birthplace: Windham, Windham County, Connecticut Colony
Death: May 13, 1807 (85)
Windham, Windham County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of col Thomas Dyer and Lydia Backus
Husband of Hulda Dyer
Father of Thomas Dyer; Eliphalet Dyer; Amelia Trumbull; Benjamin Dyer; Oliver Dyer and 2 others
Brother of Mary White; Lydia Dyer and Eunice Dyer

Managed by: David Russell Romine
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About Eliphalet Dyer

A Patriot of the American Revolution for CONNECTICUT with the rank of BRIGADIER GENERAL. DAR Ancestor # A035138

Eliphalet Dyer (September 14, 1721 – May 13, 1807) was a lawyer, jurist, and statesman from Windham, Connecticut. He was a delegate for Connecticut to many sessions of the Continental Congress.

Eliphalet was born in Windham and attended Yale where he graduated in 1740. He read for the law and was admitted to the bar in 1746. He became a member of the militia, then in 1747 was elected justice of the peace and a member of the colonial assembly. He was also involved in several of the land development schemes for the Susquehanna and Wyoming Valley areas.

In the French and Indian War Dyer was a Lt. Colonel in the militia. He was a part of the expedition that captured Crown Point from the French in 1755. In 1758, as a Colonel, he led his regiment to Canada in support of Amherst’s and Wolfe’s operations.

In 1763 he visited London as an agent for the Susquehanna Land Company in a failed attempt to gain title for a colonial venture to the Wyoming region. Connecticut sent Dyer to New York for the Stamp Act Congress. This congress of protest was an important precursor to the American Revolution. In 1766 he was elected a justice of Connecticut’s superior court. He would hold that post until 1793, serving as Chief Justice after 1789.

As the revolution began, Dyer was named to the state’s Committee of Safety, and named a delegate to the Continental Congress in 1774. He would serve in the Congress during 1774-1775, 1777–1779, and 1782-1783. John Adams, in his diary, characterized Dyer as "...longwinded and roundabout, obscure and cloudy, very talkative and very tedious, yet an honest, worthy man; means and judges well."

Eliphalet retired from public life in 1793. He died at home in Windsor on May 13, 1807, and is buried in the Windham Cemetery. His daughter Amelia was married to Joseph Trumbull, who served with Dyer in the Continental Congress.


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Eliphalet Dyer's Timeline

September 14, 1721
Windham, Windham County, Connecticut Colony
November 22, 1747
Age 26
Windham, Windham, Connecticut, United States
October 24, 1749
Age 28
Windham, Windham County, Connecticut, United States
November 25, 1750
Age 29
Windham, Windham Co, Connecticut
October 1, 1753
Age 32
Windham, Windham County, Connecticut, United States
December 22, 1755
Age 34
December 24, 1757
Age 36
May 13, 1807
Age 85
Windham, Windham County, Connecticut, United States