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William Williams and Oliver Wolcott both represented Conneticut and were very intelligent men. Who were very important Americans, for they were both signers of the Declaration of Independence.


Oliver Wolcott
Oliver Wolcott
Oliver Wolcott
Oliver Wolcott was born on December 1, 1726. His dad was Royal Governor Roger Wolcott and he grew up in Windsor, Connecticut. Oliver was the youngest of 14 children in his family. As he got older, Oliver loved exploring Connecticut and
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thought it was great. Before long, Oliver went to Yale University for his college
education. But, before he graduated he joined the militia for the French and Indian War. He was in battle for quite a while, but returned to Yale and graduated in 1747. Later, he returned to Connecticut and became Sheriff for 20 years. After being a very successful sheriff, Oliver was elected to the Continental Congress in 1775. In the Continental Congress he was in charge of Native American Affairs. While he was in the Continental Congress, he married Miss Collinsexternal image smiley-love014.gif. Unfortunately, he wasn't very active in the Congress, and eventually he retired, and returned to Connecticut. After he retired from the Continental Congress Oliver was replaced by William Williams, who had also fought in the militia. In result, when the Congress signed
Oliver's signature on The Declaration of Independence
Oliver's signature on The Declaration of Independence
the Declaration of Independence, Oliver was not present but signed later. Later in his life, Oliver became the Lietunant Governor of Connecticut in 1797. He kept his post even though he got 2 more calls asking him to return to become in charge of The Native American Affairs again, but he declined them. He died in office on his birthdayexternal image smiley-sad010.gif, December 1, 1797.


William Williams
William Williams
William Williams

William William was born on April 23,1731in the city called Lebanon, Connecticut. He was the son of Tom Soloman Williams, who was a minister. William's mom was named Mary Porter. Will really enjoyed Lebanon ever since he was a small boy, so he ws fond of his childhood. As he got older, William's family noticed how incredibly smart their son was. He was so smart, that when he was only 16 he attended Harvard University, where he was very successful in studying theology and was highly known for his diligent attention. In 1751, he graduated from
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Jonathan Trumbull
Harvard. When he returned to Lebanon, he worked with his dad for the preparation for the ministry for one year before joining the militia for the French and Indian War with his cousin Tom. After the war, William returned to his hometown and opened a store he called The William's Inc, which was pretty successful. William remained a merchant for quite a while before becoming a town clerk. He held that position for 44 years! In 1771, he married Mary Trumbull external image smiley-love010.gif, who was
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the daughter of governor
Williams' signature on the Declaration of Independence
Williams' signature on the Declaration of Independence
Jonathan Trumbull. They had three children. In 1776 Williams was a delegate for the Continental Congress, his wife was very supportive. Eventually, William replaced Oliver Wolcott, who had retired from his post. Together, William's and Wolcott signed the Declaration of Independance. on August 2, 1811, William Williams died at age 80. But, he will always be remembered.