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Erik Visits an American Grave, Part 48

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This is the grave of Roger Sherman.

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Born in Newton, Massachusetts in 1721, Roger Sherman moved with his family to Connecticut in 1743, where he rapidly rose in the colony’s political scene. He had little formal education but picked up the law in his 30s. He served in the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1755-58 and 1760-61. In 1766, he was elected to the General Assembly’s Governor Council, where he remained until 1785. Although not a talkative man, he calm demeanor demanded respect and during the American Revolution, he became one of the new nation’s most important political leaders. He was one of only two people to sign the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution. He was on the committee that drafted the Declaration of Independence. At the Constitutional Convention, he was opposed to James Madison and an advocate of protecting the interests of small states like his own. But with the convention deadlocked, Sherman was one of two people to present the compromise that gave the United States its bicameral legislature. He was the second oldest person at the Constitutional Convention, only behind Franklin, so his political career waned soon after. Sherman died in New Haven in 1793 of typhoid fever.

Roger Sherman is buried in Grove Street Cemetery, New Haven, Connecticut.

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  • Matt McKeon

    “Just a simple cobbler from Connecticut”

    • Woodrowfan

      I don’t know a participle from a predicate!

  • Murc

    72 years in the 18th century. That’s a good run.

    • Brett

      There were supposedly six men who fought in the American Revolutionary War and lived to see the end of the American Civil War. I wonder if that was depressing or uplifting for them.

      • bender

        Plus two more mentioned in the articles and the comments. Those photographs are amazing. That and the life mask of Washington give me a real sense of connection to the past.

  • Tehanu

    Roger Sherman was a 3rd cousin of William Tecumseh Sherman and his brother John Sherman, of Sherman Anti-Trust Act fame.

  • PohranicniStraze

    an advocate of protecting the interests of small states like his own

    Ah, so I guess he is one of the folks we can thank for places like Alaska, Wyoming, and the Dakotas getting 3 electors despite barely having enough people in the state to make a modestly-sized metro area.

    • Bruce Vail

      Yes, but we needn’t blame old Roger for the ridiculous spectacle of today’s Senate. It’s long been evident that Constitutional amendment is necessary to repair the structure of the Senate but today’s political leaders refuse to do anything. The authors of the Constitution never intended that the document to be some sort of sacred text to be venerated forever.

  • joejoejoe

    The term “knocking boots” originated from simple cobbler Roger Sherman’s love of sexual congress. Sherman fathered 15 children.

  • Boots Day

    Is Mr. Peabody buried next to him?

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