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ROOT, Jesse, member of the Continental congress, born in Coventry, Connecticut, 28 December, 1736 ; died there, 29 March, 1822. He was graduated at Princeton ill 1756 and preached several years, but in 1763 was admitted to the bar and settled in Hartford, Connecticut Early in 1777 he raised a company, with which he joined Washington's army at Peekskill, and was made lieutenant-colonel. He was a delegate to the Continental congress in 1778-'83, was appointed a judge of the superior court in 1789, and was chief justice of Connecticut in 1796-1807. He subsequently was a member of the legislature and of the American and Connecticut academies of arts and sciences. He published "Reports of Cases Adjudged in the Courts of Errors of Connecticut" (2 vols., Hartford, 1789-1802).
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