William Williams

Burial Location Visited DoI Signer Grave #
Lebanon, Connecticut December 18, 2010 25th Visited


Buried in Lebanon, Connecticut is William                                                  Williams was a delegate to the Continental
Williams, a delegate to the Continental                                                       Congress from 1776 to 1777.
Congress and signer of the Declaration of


William Williams was the brother                                                                   Interesting trivia fact: This was the first
in-law of John Trumbull, a famous                                                                grave that I actually drove to. I almost
painter. Four of his works,                                                                                killed my father and myself only once,
including his Declaration of                                                                               in case you were wondering.
Independence, hang in the rotunda
of the U.S. Capitol.

                                        *** Interesting Facts ***

* William Williams was born on April 23, 1731 in Lebanon, Connecticut. When he was just sixteen years old, Williams enrolled at Harvard College, where he graduated from in 1751. Afterward, he dedicated his time to studying theology with his father, who was a minister.

* Four years after his graduation from Harvard, Williams fought at the Battle of Lake George in the French and Indian War. Not long after, he returned to Lebanon, the residents of which appointed him the town clerk. He held that position for nearly forty-five years. Around this time, Williams also became involved in mercantilism.

* Williams was a long time member of the Connecticut State Legislature. Spending time in both the upper house and the lower house, he served in the legislature for a few years short of half a century. Often times, Williams was the speaker of the lower house. For going on forty years he served as a probate judge for the district of Windham and of the Windham County Court.

* In the Summer of 1776, Oliver Wolcott, one of Connecticut's delegates to the Continental Congress, became incapacitated by an illness and Williams was sent in his place. His arrival took place after the delegates had already voted to adopt the Declaration of Independence, but he was still able to sign the document on August 2nd. Wolcott returned to Congress in October of that year and signed his name then.

* Connecticut, in 1788, held a convention in order to decide whether or not they would adopt the U.S. Constitution. Williams was sent by the town of Lebanon to vote down the idea of ratification. However, when there, he voted in favor of the document. The Constitution was soon ratified by Connecticut, which then became the fifth U.S. state. Williams returned home and passed away on August 2, 1811, exactly thirty-five years after he signed the Declaration of Independence.

Spouse: Mary Trumbull Williams (1771-1811)

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