Samuel Huntington

Burial Location Visited DoI Signer Grave #
Norwich, Connecticut July 31, 2010 24th Visited


The grave of Samuel Huntington, a man                                     On the steps at the Huntington vault. It
whom local historians claim was the United                                 is located near the grave of Hannah
States' true first president.                                                        Arnold, the mother of infamous traitor
                                                                                             Benedict Arnold.


Over the course of time, Huntington's                                                       Samuel Huntington served as
grave had fallen into disrepair,                                                                 Connecticut's governor as a
but it has since been restored and                                                            member of the Federalist Party.
is now a beautiful and serene

                                       *** Interesting Facts ***

* The fourth child born to Nathaniel and Mehetabel Huntington, Samuel Huntington did not have the education that some of his fellow Continental Congressmen had. As the the eldest son, he was needed to help out around the family's farm. Thus, he was only granted the opportunity to learn in local common schools. Nevertheless, he was eventually able to rise above his humble upbringing and become an attorney. Originally practicing law in his home town, Huntington later relocated to nearby Norwich, Connecticut.

* Taking himself a wife in 1761, it was not too long after that Huntington took up politics. It was in 1764 that he began to serve in the general assembly, later spending his time as a member of Superior Court. In 1775, Huntington found himself a member of the select group of Connecticutians elected to the Continental Congress. A few months later, in January of 1776, he began to serve in that body, and, as one of its members, he voted for Independence from Great Britain.

* In 1779, John Jay was appointed the minister to Spain, and subsequently left his post as president of the Continental Congress. With Jay (who would later become the first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court) off to Madrid, the position was vacant, and Samuel Huntington was chosen to fill it. It was during his tenure as Congress' leader that the body ratified the Articles of Confederation. A precursor to the U.S. Constitution, the Articles of Confederations served as the first basis of our government. A plaque near Huntington's tomb reads, "Our first constitution, the Articles of Confederation, stated whoever served as president of the Continental Congress in Congress assembled, shall also serve as president of the United States." Many Connecticut residents today maintain that Samuel Huntington, not George Washington, was our nation's first president.

* It was in 1781 that Huntington's ill health finally forced him to leave Congress. Connecticut later re-elected him to that body, but he declined such a position. Meanwhile, he once again began to serve in Superior Court, and several years later became its Chief Justice. He did return to Congress in 1783, however, but left for the last time that November. In 1785, he became Connecticut's lieutenant governor.

* Huntington rose to the position of governor of Connecticut in 1786, and held that position for the rest of his life. He was in office when he passed away on January 5, 1796, two years after the death of his wife, Martha.

Spouse: Martha Devotion Huntington (1739-1794)

Political Party:
Federalist Party

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