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CHIEF JUSTICE OLIVER ELLSWORTH - AUTOGRAPH DOCUMENT SIGNED 05/28/1778 CO-SIGNED BY: EBENEZER GAY - HFSID 168331

 

OLIVER ELLSWORTH, CO-SIGNED BY: EBENEZER GAY
Oliver Ellsworth signed this document in 1778 to pay an officer £7.5.0 for lost military equipment.
Autograph document signed "O Ellsworth" as "Comtee" and, on verso, "Ebenezer Gay". 2 pages, 8x6¼, 1 sheet, front and verso with docket on page 2. Hartford, Connecticut, May 28, 1778. Ellsworth signed this document to pay Captain James Clark £13.2.6 "for Effects Lost in the Army". Ellsworth served on Connecticut's Committee of the Pay Table during the American Revolutionary War and was one of the five men who supervised Connecticut's war expenditures. The Pay-Table's members were rotated. The signatures of three of the members of the Pay-Table were required for an order to pay. ELLSWORTH (1745-1807, born in Windsor, Connecticut) represented Connecticut in the Continental Congress from 1777 to 1784 and was a Judge of the Connecticut Superior Court from 1785 to 1789. A delegate to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, he helped broker the "Connecticut Compromise", which broke the impasse between large and small states over representation in Congress. He was one of Connecticut's first two U.S. Senators, serving from 1789 to March 8, 1796, when he resigned, having been appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court by President Washington. While in Congress, he drafted the Judiciary Act of 1789, which organized the federal judiciary system. He retired from the Court in 1799. GAY (1725-1787, born in Litchfield, Connecticut) entered the Connecticut militia as an Ensign in the North Company in 1763. He rose to major by 1774, on the dawn of the American Revolutionary War. Gay served almost the entire length of the Revolutionary War and was made a lieutenant colonel of the 14th Regiment of Militia in 1780. He resigned his commission in 1783 due to ill health and died insolvent. He was also Tax Collector for Sharon, Connecticut (1756) and the town's representative in Connecticut's General Assembly (1774-1780). Lightly foxed. Irregular edges. Folds and creases touch Ellsworths' signature). Ink transference touches Ellsworth's signature. Light show-through (does not touch signature). Otherwise in fine condition.


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CHIEF JUSTICE OLIVER ELLSWORTH
Born: April 29, 1745 in Windsor, Connecticut
Died: November 26, 1807 in Windsor, Connecticut





EBENEZER GAY

Died: March 18, 1787



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