HUNTINGTON, Samuel [1765-1817] -- American jurist, legislator, governor
He was born in Coventry, Conn., Oct. 4, 1765; son of the Rev. Joseph and Hannah (Devotion) Huntington and grandson of Nathaniel and Mebetabel (Thurston) Huntington, and of the Rev. Ebenezer Devotion, of Windham, Conn. The Rev. Joseph Huntington, born May 5, 1735, was a brother of
Samuel, the signer,
was graduated at Yale, A.B,, 1762, A.M., 1765, was pastor at Coventry, 1763-94, received the degree of D.D. from Dartmouth, 1780, was a trustee of Dartmouth, 1780-88, and died, Dec. 25, 1794. Samuel was adopted and educated by his uncle Samuel and was graduated at Yale, A.B., 1785, A.M., 1788. He also received an honorary A.B. from Dartmouth in 1785. He was married, Dec. 20, 1791, to Hannah, daughter of Judge Andrew and Lucy (Coit) Huntington. He was admitted to the bar in 1793 and practised in Norwich, Conn., 1793-1801, in Cleveland, Ohio, 1801-05, and in Painesville, Ohio, 1805-17. He served as a delegate to the Ohio state constitutional convention of 1802; was judge of the court of common pleas, 1802-03; of the supreme court, 1803-09, and chief justice during the term; was a state senator in the first general assembly, 1803; the third governor of the state, 1809-10, and a representative and speaker in the 10th general assembly, 1811-12. In 1819 he was one of the original proprietors of Fairport, and in the war of 1812-13 was district paymaster with the rank of colonel. He died in Painesville, Ohio, June 8, 1817.