Samuel Huntington petition
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Samuel Huntington petition

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Huntington, Samuel, 1731-1796.
Title: Samuel Huntington petition
Dates: 1779
Extent: (1 folder) 0.05 cubic feet
Identification: MS 0410
Collection materials are in English.

Biographical/Historical Note

Samuel Huntington (1731-1796) was born on July 16 in Windham, Connecticut. After private study, Huntington received permission to practice law in Connecticut in 1754. He moved to Norwich in 1760. He was elected as a Representative from Norwich to the Connecticut General Assembly in 1764. A delegate to the Continental Congress, in 1776 Huntington signed the Declaration of Independence. He served in the Continental Congress until 1874, during which time he served as its President from 1779 to 1781. The Congress ratified the Articles of the Confederation during Huntington's presidency. He was elected Governor of Connecticut in 1786, a position he held until his death in 1796.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of a petition to Huntington from unnamed Georgia prisoners of war, stating their case and experiences, and asking to be exchanged. Dated December 16, 1779, St. Johns, Antigua.

Index Terms

Huntington, Samuel, 1731-1796.
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--Prisoners and prisons.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Samuel Huntington petition, MS 410, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information



Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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