Eliphalet DYER

Eliphalet Dyer

Born: September 14, 1721
Died: May 13, 1807 (aged 85) at Windham, Connecticut
Spouse: Hulda Bowen (m.  – 1778)

Offices held:
Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court (1789 – 1793)
Delegate to the Continental Congress (1774 – 1779 and 1782 – 1783)
Member of the Connecticut House of Representatives (1756 – 1784)

Children: Thomas Dyer, Eliphalet Dyer, Amelia Dyer, Benjamin Dyer, Oliver Dyer, Jabez Dyer

Facts about Eliphalet Dyer

His daughter Amelia was married to Joseph Trumbull, who served with Dyer in the Continental Congress. He was a delegate for Connecticut to many sessions of the Continental Congress. He was involved in several of the land development schemes for the Susquehannah and Wyoming Valley areas.

As the Revolution began, Dyer was named to the state’s Committee of Safety, and named a delegate to the Continental Congress in 1774. John Adams, in his diary, characterized Dyer as “”…longwinded and roundabout, obscure and cloudy, very talkative and very tedious, yet an honest, worthy man; means and judges well.””

Eliphalet Dyer Childhood

Eliphalet was born in Windham and attended Yale where he graduated in 1740. He read for the law and was admitted to the bar in 1746. He became a member of the militia, then in 1747 was elected justiceof the peace and a member of the colonial assembly.

Where is Eliphalet Dyer buried?

Dyer is buried in the Windham Cemetery, Connecticut.

How did Eliphalet Dyer die?

He died by natural cause at home in Windham on May 13, 1807.

Eliphalet DYER Biography

DYER, Eliphalet, a Delegate from Connecticut; born in Windham, Conn., September 14, 1721; pursued preparatory studies, and was graduated from Yale College in 1740; served as town clerk; appointed captain in the militia in 1745; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1746 and commenced practice in Windham; justice of the peace in 1746; elected a deputy to the general assembly in 1747, 1749, 1752, and 1753; was active in the project of establishing a Connecticut colony in the Susquehanna Valley, and served as agent of the Susquehanna Co. in London in 1763; in 1755, during the French and Indian War, was appointed a lieutenant colonel in the Connecticut Regiment; again a member of the general assembly 1756-1784,

Serving as deputy from 1756 to 1762 and as assistant from 1762 to 1784; appointed comptroller of the port of New London in 1764; delegate to the Stamp-Act Congress in 1765; judge of the superior court 1766-1793, and served as chief judge from 1789 until 1793; Member of the Continental Congress 1774-1779 and 1782-1783; member of the committee of safety in 1775; retired from public life in 1793; died in Windham, Conn., May 13, 1807; interment in Windham Cemetery.


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