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General Court of the Colony of Connecticut

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  • George Hubbard, of Wethersfield (1600 - 1683)
    George Hubbard is best known for having been an early European settler in both the Connecticut and New Haven colonies. He first arrived in Wethersfield in 1635, the year after its 1634 founding, then m...
  • Capt. John Welles (c.1622 - 1659)
    RESIDENCE: Freeman of Stratford, in 1645. DEATH: Also stated 18 Aug 1659 GOVERNMENT: Representative to CT Gen'l Court for Stratford May and Oct 1656, and May and Oct 1657. Assistant 1658, 1659. W...
  • Edward Griswold, of Killingworth (c.1607 - 1691)
    Haplogroup R1b1a2 Edward Griswold was born 26 Jul 1607 in Kennilworth England, and died 30 Aug 1691 in Windsor Hartford CT. Parents: not confirmed (see notes). Possibly George Griswold (1574-1615...
  • Lt. James Minor (1680 - 1726)
    Deputy to general court; lieutenant of train band; selectman; THE GROTON AVERY CLAN, Vol. I, by Elroy McKendree Avery and Catherine Hitchcock (Tilden) Avery, Cleveland, 1912. p. 80 _____ Baptism:...
  • Joseph Talcott, 27th Colonial Gov. of Connecticut (1669 - 1741)
    Governor of the Colony of Connecticut, 1724-1741 Born: November 16, 1669, Hartford, Connecticut College: None Political Party: None Offices: Various Offices, Town of Hartford, 1692-1705 Jus...

This is a place for all men who served as members of the General Court of the Colony of Connecticut during the 1636 - 1776 period, before it was replaced by the Connecticut General Assembly (which remains today).

The seat of the Court was originally at Hartford, then began alternating with New Haven when that colony merged with the Connecticut Colony.

Other information will be here when someone adds it!

Some tidbits:

  • The Fundamental Orders of Connecticut (1639) is usually considered the first written constitution in Western tradition and served as the basis for much of the United States Constitution, hence Connecticut being known as "The Constitution State"
  • The General Court was suppressed following the ascension of Andros and the Charter Oak incident
  • The original seal of the General Court featured grapevines, in reference to the southeastern part of the colony having a winemaking trade; the seal and state flag have continued to have vines
  • It is common to see the body referred to as the General Assembly as early as the 1700-1710 decade, though the name had not yet officially changed