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Huntington, Jabez, 1719-1786



  • Existence: 1719 - 1786

Jabez Huntington was a merchant and politician from Connecticut Colony. abez Huntington graduated from Yale in 1741, engaged in the West India trade, and amassed a fortune. After 1759 he was frequently a member of the legislature, speaker for several years, and also a member of the council. At the beginning of the American Revolutionary War, he owned a large amount of shipping, and lost heavily by the capture of his vessels. He was among the most active on the committee of safety during the war; and in the September 1776 session of the Connecticut assembly he and David Wooster were appointed Major Generals. On the death of Wooster in 1777 Jabez was placed in charge of the entire Connecticut militia.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Eleazaar Wheelock to Capt. Jabez Huntington, 1756-01-23

MS-1310: Eleazar Wheelock collection
 Folder: 756123, Box: 3
Identifier: 1
Scope and Contents Letter from Eleazar Wheelock to Capt. Jabez Huntington regarding an account against Mr. Collins. (Photocopy and typed transcript)

Jonathan Trumbull letter

Mss 778503
Identifier: Mss 778503
Scope and Contents One-page letter from Jonathan Trumbull of Lebanon, Connecticut to Major General Huntington regarding military operations.