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HUNTINGTON, Benjamin

1736–1800

Biography

HUNTINGTON, Benjamin, a Delegate and a Representative from Connecticut; born in Norwich, Conn., April 19, 1736; pursued academic studies; was graduated from Yale College in 1761; appointed surveyor of lands for Windham County in October 1764; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1765 and commenced practice in Norwich; member of the State house of representatives 1771-1780 and served as speaker in 1778 and 1779; clerk of the State house of representatives in 1776 and 1777; delegate to the Provincial Congress at New Haven in January 1778; Member of the Continental Congress 1780, 1782, 1783, and 1788; member of the State senate 1781-1790 and 1791-1793; mayor of Norwich from 1784 to 1796, when he resigned; elected as a Pro-Administration candidate to the First Congress (March 4, 1789-March 3, 1791); judge of the superior court of the State 1793-1798; died in Rome, N.Y., October 16, 1800; interment in Old Colony Cemetery, Norwich, Conn.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Connecticut Historical Society

Hartford, CT
Papers: 1775-1781, 1 volume. An account book used by Benjamin Huntington to document his accounts as a merchant, surveyor, and town clerk in Norwich, Connecticut. The book also includes references to taking the oath of fidelity, to the value of the continental currency, and to the events of the American Revolution.
Papers: 1789, 3 pages. A draft of a letter from Benjamin Huntington to George Phillips written on August 18, 1789. Benjamin Huntington explains factors considered in not choosing Middletown as the location of the Federal District Court.
Papers: In the Thomas Shaw Papers, 1778, 2 pages. A letter from Thomas Shaw to Ezekiel Williams written on June 13, 1778. Other authors include Benjamin Huntington..

Huntington Library
Manuscripts Department

San Marino, CA
Papers: In the Ebenezer Huntington Papers, ca. 1737-1898, 136 items. Correspondents include Benjamin Huntington. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: In the Parsons Family Papers, 1769-1878, 81 items. Correspondents include Benjamin Huntington. The papers are also available on microfilm.

New-York Historical Society

New York, NY
Papers: ca. 1776-1788, 2 letters. The papers include personal and official correspondence. A finding aid is available in the repository.

Rhode Island State Archives

Providence, RI
Papers: 1772-1790, 49 items. The papers include personal and political correspondence. An unpublished calendar is available in the repository.

Rome Historical Society

Rome, NY
Papers: 1797-1814, 3 volumes. The papers include House specifications and an account book which belonged to Benjamin Henry Huntington.

The Rosenbach Museum & Library

Philadelphia, PA
Papers: In the William Williams Papers, 1776, 1 item. A letter from William Williams to Jabez Huntington written on March 17, 1776.
Papers: 1791, 1 item. A letter from Samuel Huntington to Benjamin Huntington written on February 5, 1791. Samuel Huntington discusses Indian claims to western lands and ways of encouraging white settlement there.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

McCrackan, William Denison, ed. The Huntington Letters, in the Possession of Julia Chester Wells. Printed for private distribution. New York: The Appleton Press, 1897.

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