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Andrew Adams - One of America's Founding Fathers

Posted on Thursday, December 24, 2020

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Birth: January 7, 1736
Death: November 26, 1797 (age 61)
Colony: Connecticut
Occupation: Lawyer, Politician
Significance: Signed The Articles of Confederation (at the age of 42); served in the Continental Congress (1778); served as the Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court (1793-1997)

Articles of Confederation - Original 1777 Printing

Andrew Adams was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Born in Connecticut to a Yale educated lawyer and judge, Adams received an education primarily from his father, under whom he also studied law. After studying with his father, Adams attended Yale University where he graduated in 1760. After his graduation, Adams moved to Stamford, Connecticut and practiced law until he was named "King's Attorney" for Litchfield County, Connecticut in 1772. Adams moved to Litchfield, and he continued his law practice. While in Litchfield, Adams became interested in politics and joined the Connecticut Council of Safety, and he was elected to the Connecticut House of Representatives.

In 1778, Adams was elected and served in the Second Continental Congress. Adams traveled to Philadelphia to serve in the Continental Congress, and he was among the first signers of the Articles of Confederation on July 9, 1778 after the Articles of Confederation were ratified by his colony of Connecticut. 

After returning to Connecticut later in 1778, Adams served in the Connecticut Militia during the American Revolutionary War. Following the Revolutionary War, Adams returned to his law practice until 1793 when he was named Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court, a position he held until his death in 1797. There is no known portrait of Adams.

Andrew Adams in Philadelphia

Andrew Adams came to Philadelphia in 1778 as a Delegate to the Second Continental Congress. While serving as a member of the Second Continental Congress, Adams worked at Independence Hall, where he signed The Articles of Confederation.

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