Andrew Adams

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Andrew Adams (January 7 1736-November 26 1797) was an American leader in Connecticut during the Revolutionary War. He was born in Stratford on January 7, 1736. He attended Yale and graduated in 1760 before studying law. In 1772 he was named the king's attorney for Litchfield County. He moved to Litchfield in 1774 and made his home there for the rest of his life.

In the time just before the revolution Adams was a member of Connecticut's Council of Safety. He served in the state Assembly from 1776 until 1781 and was its speaker ib 1779 and 1780. During the Revolutionary War he also served as a Colonel in the Connecticut militia. He was appointed to the Continental Congress in 1778 and signed the Articles of Confederation. In 1789 he was named to the state Executive Council as an associate justice of the state's Supreme Court. Then 1793 he was advanced to chief justice of Connecticut, and remained in this post until his death in Litchfield on November 26, 1797. He is buried in the East Cemetery in Litchfield.

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Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, U.S. Congress Web site, above.

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