Roger Sherman

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Founding Fathers
Roger Sherman
State Connecticut
Religion Christian- Congregationalist [1]
Founding Documents Declaration of Independence,
Articles of Confederation

Roger Sherman was an influential member of the Continental Congress (1774-81 and 1783-84) and Connecticut consultant and lawyer. He was elected to the committee which drafted both the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation, as well as many other important documents concerning national finances, military matters and Indian affairs. He also worked in shaping the New Jersey Plan and was a strong advocate of the Connecticut Compromise. Roger Sherman was a delegate to the Constitutional Convention and was the only Founding Father who signed all four of the documents that created the United States:

  • Articles of Association in 1774
  • Declaration of Independence in 1776
  • Articles of Confederation in 1777
  • U.S. Constitution in 1787

Sherman generally supported increased powers for the federal government and advocated higher taxes, borrowing, and issuance of paper currency to solve economic problems. [2] During the American Revolutionary War, Sherman served in Congress and on the supreme court of Connecticut. In 1783, Sherman was elected New Haven's first mayor.

Before ending his political career, Sherman served in the U.S. House of Representatives (1789-91) and U.S. Senate (1791-93), where he was elected to fill the spot left vacant by the resignation of William S. Johnson.[3] Thomas Jefferson described Sherman as "a man who never said a foolish thing in his life." [4]