Roger Sherman - (1721 - 1793)

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Roger Sherman Biography

"Roger Sherman exhibits the oddest shaped character I ever remember to have met with. He is awkward, un-meaning, and unaccountably strange in his manner. But in his train of thinking there is something regular, deep and comprehensive; yet the oddity of his address, the vulgarisms that accompany his public speaking, and that strange New England cant which runs through his public as well as his private speaking make everything that is connected with him grotesque and laughable;--and yet he deserves infinite praise,--no Man has a better Heart or a clearer Head. If he cannot embellish he can furnish thoughts that are wise and useful. He is an able politician, and extremely artful in accomplishing any particular object;--it is remarked that he seldom fails. I am told he sits on the Bench in Connecticut, and is very correct in the discharge of his Judicial functions. In the early part of his life he was a Shoe-maker;--but despising the lowness of his condition, he turned Almanack maker,
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Roger Sherman Genealogy

William Sherman (1692 - 1741)
Mehetabel Wellington Sherman (1688 - 1776)

Elizabeth Hartwell Sherman (1726 - 1760)
Rebekah Prescott Sherman (1742 - 1813)

John Sherman (1750 - 1802)
Chloe Sherman (1753 - 1757)
Oliver Sherman (1756 - 1757)
Chloe Sherman Skinner (1758 - 1839)
Rebecca Sherman Baldwin (1764 - 1795)
Elizabeth Sherman Baldwin (1765 - 1850)
Roger Sherman (1768 - 1856)
Mehetabel Sherman (1772 - 1772)
Mehitable Prescott Sherman Evarts (1774 - 1851)
Sarah Sherman Hoar (1783 - 1866)

Mehitable Sherman Battle (1718 - 1807)
Elizabeth Sherman Buck (1723 - 1793)
Nathaniel Sherman (1726 - 1797)
Josiah Sherman (1729 - 1789)
Rebecca Sherman Hartwell (1730 - 1821)

Roger Sherman Tivia

Roger Sherman was the only founding father to sign The Association of 1774, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation as well as the Constitution
Roger Sherman used the name "A Countryman" when writing a series of newspaper letters to the people of Connecticut supporting the Constitution
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1721 04/19   Birth of Roger Sherman
1793 07/23   Death of Roger Sherman
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Biography for Roger Sherman (1721 - 1793)
Biography for Roger Sherman
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Anti-Federalist Papers 1787 - 1788
Anti-Federalist Papers is the collective name given to the scattered writings of those Americans who during the late 1780s to early 1790s opposed to or who raised doubts about the merits of a firmer and more energetic union as embodied in the 1787 United
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The Articles of Confederation 03-01-1781
The Articles of Confederation, formally the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union, was an agreement among the 13 founding states that established the United States of America as a confederation of sovereign states and served as its first constitut
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Constitution of the United States 09-17-1787
This is the full text for the Constitution of the United States of America.
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The Countryman (1787)
This is series of letters written to a news paper in Connecticut to support the Constitution. The Countryman is a pseudonym used by Roger Sherman
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Character Sketches of Delegates to the Federal Convention - Pierce 1787
This is a document written by William Pierce. It contains character sketches of the delegates for the First Federal Convention of 1787
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Quotes by Roger Sherman

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The only real security that you can have for all your important rights must be in the nature of your government. If you suffer any man to govern you who is not strongly interested in supporting your privileges, you will certainly lose them.

Roger Sherman: November 22, 1787
Quoted Document: The Countryman

Quote 900 details Share on Google+ - Quote 900 Linked In Share Button - Quote 900 On examining the new proposed constitution, there can be no question but that there is authority enough lodged in the proposed Federal Congress, if abused, to do the greatest injury. And it is perfectly idle to object to it, that there is no bill of rights, or to propose to add to it a provision that a trial by jury shall in no case be omitted, or to patch it up by adding a stipulation in favor of the press, or to guard it by removing the paltry objection to the right of Congress to regulate the time and manner of elections.

Roger Sherman: November 22, 1787
Quoted Document: The Countryman

Quote 1212 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1212 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1212 Of a very different nature, tho' only one degree better than the other reasoning, is all that sublimity of nonsense and alarm, that has been thundered against it in every shape of metaphoric terror, on the subject of a bill of rights, the liberty of the press, rights of conscience, rights of taxation and election, trials in the vicinity, freedom of speech, trial by jury, and a standing army. These last are undoubtedly important points, much too important to depend on mere paper protection. For, guard such privileges by the strongest expressions, still if you leave the legislative and executive power in the hands of those who are or may be disposed to deprive you of them you are but slaves.

Roger Sherman: The Countryman - Nov 22, 1787
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It is fortunate that you have been but little distressed with that torrent of impertinence and folly, with which the newspaper politicians have over whelmed many parts of our country.

Roger Sherman: The Countryman - Nov 22, 1787
Quoted Document: The Countryman

Quote 1219 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1219 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1219 If the president alone was vested with the power of appointing all officers, and was left to select a council for himself, he would be liable to be deceived by flatterers and pretenders to patriotism, who would have no motive but their own emolument. They would wish to extend the powers of the executive to increase their own importance; and, however upright he might be in his intentions, there would be great danger of his being misled, even to the subversion of the constitution, or, at least, to introduce such evils as to interrupt the harmony of the government, and deprive him of the confidence of the people.

Roger Sherman: letter to John Adams, July 1789

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