Samuel Huntington to James Bowdoin on suppressing Shays' Rebellion, Hartford, 1787

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Samuel Huntington (1731-1796) delegate from Connecticut to the Continental Congress. His patriotic political career began with his active opposition to the British Intolerable Acts of 1774. Following his service in Congress, of which he was President between 1779 and 1781, he returned home and was elected Governor of Connecticut in 1786, a position he held for ten years.

The letter's recipient, James Bowdoin (1726-1790), was a lifelong Massachusetts politician. Serving in the colony's General Court, he was also president of the Massachusetts Constitutional Convention in 1780 and Massachusetts Governor between 1785 and 1787. One of his more famous contributions was leading the fight that put down Shays' Rebellion in 1787.

This letter, signed May 26, 1787, is a response to Bowdoin's request for the Connecticut militia to suppress "insurgents" crossing into Connecticut from Massachusetts. Huntington agrees to send help and assures the Governor that he will effectively "prevent any persons in this State, from Joining, or any way aiding" the Massachusetts rebels led by Daniel Shays.

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  • Title: Samuel Huntington to James Bowdoin on suppressing Shays' Rebellion, Hartford, 1787
  • Creator: Samuel Huntington
  • Creation Date: 1787-05-26
  • Subject Date: 1785-05-26
  • Locations:
    • Hartford, Hartford County, CT
    • Boston, Suffolk County, MA
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 32.5 cm x 20.2 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 420, Box 58/23
  • Collection: John S. H. Fogg autograph collection
  • Object Type: Text

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