Oliver Ellsworth

Oliver Ellsworth


Oliver Ellsworth was a delegate to the Philadelphia Convention from Connecticut.

Born in 1745, he was a member of a well-to-do Connecticut family.

Ellsworth graduated from the College of New Jersey, taught school, and served as a minister before going into law.

He was soon considered one of Connecticut’s best lawyers.

Ellsworth served in the Continental Congress.

He played an important role Philadelphia Convention and was one of the authors of the Great Compromise.

Elected to the U.S. Senate, he was responsible for the Judiciary Act of 1789.

In 1796, Ellsworth was appointed chief Justice of the United States.

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