WILLIAMS, William, a Delegate from Connecticut; born in Lebanon, Conn., March 29, 1731; completed
preparatory studies; was graduated from Harvard College in 1751; studied theology for a year;
engaged in mercantile pursuits; town clerk of Lebanon 1753-1796; member of a military expedition to
Lake George in 1755; member of the State house of representatives 1757-1762, 1763-1776, and
1780-1784, serving as speaker in 1775 and 1781-1783; Member of the Continental Congress in
1776 and 1777; a signer of the Declaration of Independence; member of the council of safety during
the Revolution; judge of the county court of Windham 1776-1804; judge of probate for the Windham
district 1776-1808; became an assistant councilor in 1780 and served as assistant and as councilor for
twenty-four years; member of the Connecticut ratification convention in 1787; died in Lebanon,
Conn., August 2, 1811; interment in the Trumbull Tomb, East Cemetery.
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