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The Religious Affiliation of
Roger Sherman
a Signer of the Declaration of Independence,
the Articles of Confederation and the U.S. Constitution,
and a Representative in the First U.S. Federal Congress (1789-1791)


Roger Sherman is regarded as one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America. He was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. He was a delegate from Connecticut.

Roger Sherman was also a signer of the Articles of Confederation and a signer of the U.S. Constitution. He was one of only two individuals who signed these three most important foundational documents that created the new nation.

Roger Sherman also served as a U.S. Representative in the First Federal Congress of the United States.

Roger Sherman was a Congregationalist.

He was identified as an Congregationalist by: The Congregationalist Library; the Library of Congress and A Worthy Company: Brief Lives of the Framers of the United States Constitution by M. E. Bradford. (Source: Ian Dorion, "Table of the Religious Affiliations of American Founders", 1997).

From: Robert G. Ferris (editor), Signers of the Constitution: Historic Places Commemorating the Signing of the Constitution, published by the United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service: Washington, D.C. (revised edition 1976), pages 210-212:

He was a member of the committee that drafted the Declaration of Independence, and played a leading role at the Constitutional Convention. He and Robert Morris were the only men to sign the three bulwark documents of the Republic: the Declaration, the Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution. Twice married, Sherman fathered 15 children...

Sherman capped his career by serving as U.S. Representative (1789-91) and Senator (1791-93), in which positions he espoused the Federalist cause. He died at New Haven in 1793 at the age of 72 and is buried in the Grove Street Cemetery.

Note that numerous sources and authoritative references have been consulted in order to ascertain the religious affiliation of the American Founding Fathers. Note that the excerpts and references mentioned on this page are not the only references used in order to identify this person's religious affiliation.

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Portrait: from Robert G. Ferris (editor), Signers of the Declaration: Historic Places Commemorating the Signing of the Declaration of Independence, published by the United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service: Washington, D.C. (revised edition 1975).

Religion of Founding Fathers webpage created 17 November 2005. Last modified 20 November 2005.

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