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Creating a New State and Nation

The Ancient Burying Ground - Hartford's Oldest Historic Site

Jeremiah Wadsworth, 1804

“To the Memory of JEREMIAH WADSWORTH, Esq. . . . He was born on the 12th of July AD 1743 & died on the 30th of April AD 1804”

Jeremiah Wadsworth was a key player in the military victory in the Revolution, and later in the challenging process of fashioning a new nation out of 13 separate colonies.

Wadsworth applied his experience as a successful Hartford merchant to securing essential supplies for Continental Army troops and, later in the war, the French allies who joined the fight for independence. He was a leader in securing Connecticut’s ratification of the U.S. Constitution, then went on to represent Connecticut in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1789 to 1795. Wadsworth was also one of the pioneers of banking, insurance, and manufacturing in the United States.

[E] To the Memory of / JEREMIAH WADSWORTH Esqr. / Son of the / Revd DANIEL WADSWORTH / & Mrs ABIGAIL WADSWORTH / He was born on the 12th of July / AD 1743 / & died on the 30th of April / AD 1804 [S] To the Memory of / Mrs. MEHITABEL WADSWORTH / Relict of the late / Jeremiah Wadsworth Esqr / she was born / November 19th 1734 / & died March 26th 1817 [W] To the Memory of / Mrs EUNICE WADSWORTH / Daughter of the / Rev. Daniel Wadsworth / & Mrs Abigail Wadsworth / She was born on the / … day of August 1736 / & died July 23rd 1825 / aged 88 years & 10 months

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