ADAMS, Andrew, (1736 - 1797)


ADAMS, Andrew, a Delegate from Connecticut; born in Stratford, Conn., January 7, 1736; pursued preparatory studies; was graduated from Yale College in 1760; studied law, and was admitted to the Fairfield County bar; prosecuting attorney of Litchfield County in 1772; moved in 1774 to Litchfield, which thereafter remained his home; member of the Connecticut Council of Safety for two years; served in the Revolutionary War with the rank of colonel; member of the State house of representatives 1776-1781, serving as speaker in 1779 and 1780; Member of the Continental Congress in 1778; signer of the Articles of Confederation in 1778; member of the executive council in 1789; appointed chief justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court in 1793 and served in this position until his death in Litchfield, Conn., November 26, 1797; interment in East Cemetery.