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Oliver Ellsworth

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Editor Note: From the Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution Part II,  by L. Carroll Judson. This page lists the heroes bios in alphabetical order beginning with Oliver Ellsworth to Jared Irwin. - Rick Brainard Managing Editor of 18th Century History

Oliver Ellsworth

ELLSWORTH OLIVER was born at Windsor, Conn. on the 29th of April 1745. He graduated at Princeton College, N.J. and became an eminent member of the Bar. He was a firm advocate of chartered rights--a stern opposer of British wrongs. He used his noblest exertions to induce the people to strike for LIBERTY. In 1777 he was elected to the Continental Congress. His commanding talents, stern integrity, powerful eloquence, keen perception, conclusive logic, lucid demonstrations--all combined to render him an efficient and highly appreciated member. He was a useful delegate of the Convention that framed the Federal Constitution. In 1789 he was elected to the U. S. Senate--in 1796 appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States--in 1799 Envoy Extraordinary to France and dignified each of these high stations. Owing to ill health he resigned his seat at the head of the Supreme Bench in 1800. Several high offices were subsequently tendered to him which he respectfully declined. His whole life was chastened with a republican simplicity and primitive purity seldom found among those in high life at the present ominous era. All admire his brilliant examples--too few will imitate them. Judge Ellsworth slumbered in death on the 26th Nov. 1807.

Uriah Forrest

FORREST URIAH was ushered into life in the county of St. Mary, Md. in 1756. In his youth he was commissioned a lieutenant in one of the Maryland regiments and soon gained the reputation of a brave and skillful officer. He rose rapidly to the rank of lieutenant-colonel. He acted a brilliant part in the battle of Germantown where he lost a leg which closed his active military career. A man of strong intellect improved by a good store of useful knowledge--he had a bright career before him. He was a man of unbounded popularity and influence--filled various public stations in his native State--was a member of the Continental Congress--of the Legislature of Maryland and a member of Congress under the Federal Constitution. He was for many years major-general of the Maryland militia. In all his public stations he acquitted himself nobly--in private life he had the esteem of a large concourse of friends. The time of his final exit is not upon the record.