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CHESTER, John, soldier, born in Wethersfield, Connecticut, 29 January, 1749; died there, 4 November, 1809. He was graduated at Yale in 1766, a representative in the legislature in 1772, served with distinction as a captain at the battle of Bunker Hill, became a colonel, and continued in the Continental army until 1777. Afterward he sat in the Connecticut legislature, in which he was chosen speaker, was a member of the council in 1788-'91 and 1803, supervisor of the district of Connecticut from 1791 until the accession of President Jefferson in 1801, and for some time was county judge of probate.
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