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

Senator William Samuel Johnson

William Samuel Johnson

Print (1888) by Albert Rosenthal (1863-1939) based on a work by Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828)

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William Samuel Johnson
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Life dates: 7 Oct. 1727 - 14 Nov. 1819
Place of Residence (1789): Stratford, Connecticut
Occupation (1789): Lawyer, president of Columbia University
Place of Birth: Stratford, Connecticut
Age (March 4, 1789): 61
Religion (1789): Episcopalian
College Education: Yale
Marital Status (1789): Married
Military Service during the Revolutionary War: None
Prior Political Offices: Stamp Act Congress
State Legislature
State Supreme Executive Council
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) Moderate
Last year of continuous service in Senate: 1791
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