SPENCER, Joseph, a Delegate from Connecticut; born in East Haddam, Conn., October 3, 1714;
completed preparatory studies; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced; held several local
offices; judge of probate in 1753; served in the French war in 1758; member of the Connecticut
Council in 1776; brigadier general in the Continental Army; commissioned major general August 9,
1776, and resigned June 14, 1778, because Congress had ordered an investigation of his military
conduct in 1777; Member of the Continental Congress in 1779; again a member of the Connecticut
Council in 1780 and was annually reelected until his death in East Haddam, Conn., on January 13,
1789; interment in Millington Green Cemetery; reinterment in Nathan Hale Park in 1904.
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