Birth of the Nation: The First Federal Congress 1789-1791
The First Federal Congress

Senator Oliver Ellsworth

Oliver Ellsworth (1745-1807), LL.D. 1790

Painting (1792) by John Trumbull (1756-1843)

Courtesy of the Yale University Art Gallery

Oliver Ellsworth
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Life dates: 29 April 1745-26 November 1807
Place of Residence (1789): Windsor, Connecticut
Occupation (1789): Lawyer
Place of Birth: Windsor, Connecticut
Age (March 4, 1789): 43
Religion (1789): Congregationalist
College Education: Yale; Princeton
Marital Status (1789): Married
Military Service during the Revolutionary War: None
Prior Political Offices: State Legislature
Confederation Congress
Delegate to Federal Convention: Yes
Delegate to State Ratification Convention: Yes
Pro/Anti ratification of Constitution: Pro
Support for strong central government (particularly in its executive functions) Strong
Last year of continuous service in Senate: 1796
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