Original 1779 American Revolutionary War Pay Warrant Signed by A Signer of The Declaration of Independence

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Original Item: Only One Available. Measuring 8.5 x 6.5 and dated November 3rd, 1779, this is a Pay Warrant issued to reimburse SAMUEL SQUIER, a commissary, who supplied materials to the State of Connecticut. The Warrant is for ONE THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED POUNDS, which in today's money is in the region of $140,000.00.

Committee members FENN WADSWORTH, JAMES CHURCH and JOHN LAWRENCE as treasurer signed the Warrant, and the document is Counter signed by OLIVER WOLCOTT and endorsed by the recipient SAMUEL SQUIER.

OLIVER WOLCOTT was born in 1726 in Windsor Connecticut and was the youngest of fourteen children. His father was the Colonial Governor ROGER WOLCOTT. He attended Yale and graduated with his roommate NOAH WEBSTER in 1747. He was Commissioned to raise a Militia company to fight in the French and Indian War and served King George as a Captain.

He participated as a Major General in the Revolutionary War and GEORGE WASHINGTON who he knew well stayed at his home on several occasions. The Continental Congress appointed WOLCOTT Commissioner for Indian Affairs and he served in the Congress between 1775 and 1784 during which time he was one of the signers of THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE and of the ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION. He was elected Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut in 1786 and became GOVERNOR in 1796 until his death in 1797 at age Seventy-one.

This original 1779 document is lightly toned, some slight fraying at the edges, creases from old folds with one or two very small punctures at the folds. The Ink is still very strong and its overall condition is very good.

Document bears lots of names so masses of research potential beyond OLIVER WOLCOTT himself.

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