Revolution and the New Nation

Timothy Dwight

Timothy Dwight Dies – Today in History: January 11

January 11, 2019

On January 11, 1817, Timothy Dwight (theologian, educator, poet, and eighth president of Yale) died in New Haven, Connecticut. A... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Arts, Belief, Education, Fairfield, Literature, New Haven, Revolution and the New Nation, Timothy Dwight

Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys

Ethan Allen Born – Today in History: January 10

January 10, 2019

On January 10, 1738, future hero of the Revolutionary War Ethan Allen was believed to have been born to a... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Litchfield, Revolution and the New Nation, Revolutionary War, Salisbury, War and Defense

Connecticut Ratifies US Constitution – Today in History: January 9

January 9, 2019

On January 9, 1788, Connecticut became the fifth state to ratify the Constitution of the United States, which had been... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Law, Oliver Ellsworth, Politics and Government, Revolution and the New Nation, Roger Sherman

God admonishing his people of their duty, as parents and masters

A Most Unusual Criminal Execution in New London

December 20, 2018

On December 20, 1786, a crowd gathered behind New London’s old meeting house to witness the execution of a convicted... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Crime and Punishment, New London, Revolution and the New Nation, Women

John F. Weir, Roger Sherman, ca. 1902

Roger Sherman, Revolutionary and Dedicated Public Servant

October 10, 2018

An author of the Connecticut Compromise, Roger Sherman is also the only person to have signed all four of the most significant documents in our nation’s early history. …[more]

Categories: New Haven, New Milford, Politics and Government, Revolution and the New Nation, Revolutionary War, Roger Sherman, Sherman

U.S. Frigate Constitution, Isaac Hull, Esqr., commander

Fame and Infamy for the Hulls of Derby

August 16, 2018

Two Connecticut men, uncle and nephew, had starring roles—one in defeat and one in victory—during the War of 1812. …[more]

Categories: Derby, Politics and Government, Revolution and the New Nation, Surprise, War and Defense, War of 1812

The Stonington Battle Flag

The Stonington Battle Flag

August 10, 2018

On August 10, 1814, during a lull in the attack by the British on Stonington, citizens nailed a large US flag–a banner of defiance–to a pole above the battery. …[more]

Categories: Revolution and the New Nation, Stonington, War and Defense, War of 1812

Leffingwell Inn, Norwichtown

Christopher Leffingwell Born – Today in History: June 11

June 11, 2018

On June 11, 1734, businessman and civic leader Christopher Leffingwell was born in Norwich. Leffingwell’s ancestors founded Norwich in the... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Norwich, Revolution and the New Nation, Revolutionary War

Fight at Ridgefield

Battle at Ridgefield – Today in History: April 27

April 27, 2018

On April 27, 1777, American forces under the command of Major General David Wooster attacked the retreating British troops under... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Benedict Arnold, Revolution and the New Nation, Revolutionary War, Ridgefield

An Orderly & Decent Government: A New State, A New Constitution, 1776-1818

April 12, 2018

The American Revolution prompted enormous political and social changes in other states, but Connecticut remained a "land of steady habits" until 1817 brought change to state government. …[more]

Categories: An Orderly & Decent Government, Constitution of 1818, Politics and Government, Revolution and the New Nation, The State

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