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Roger Sherman was born in Newton Massachusetts on April 19 1721 to William and Mehetabel Sherman Roger lived in Newton until 1743 He was taught the trade of a cobbler He received no formal education He was taught be Rev Samuel Dunbar Rev Dunbar taught Rogers math history theology law and politics Rogers was very interested in law and politics Sherman was a very smart man He was often seen by those that he worked with reading while working Sherman was also interested in the church Because of this it was very strange that he didnt join the church until early manhood His reason for not joining the church was that he generally took a long time to make important decisions Rogers father died in 1741 and two years later Roger moved to New Milford Connecticut Rogers older brother William lived in New Milford Some people say that Rogers walked the entire distance with his tools on his back In 1745 he became the surveyor of New Haven County He held this post until 1758 This position was very powerful and Sherman acquired many plots of land It was a this time that Roger took an active part in what happened of the town He became a juryman clerk of the church deacon and a committee member of the school In 1756 Roger became the owner of the first town store in New Milford His brother and him had been running it Roger also published a book which spoke about why other states money couldnt be used in Connecticut Roger also suggested that a tax be placed on rum to discourage its use In 1754 Roger Sherman passed the bar exam and became a lawyer In 1755 he was appointed to Connecticuts general assembly The assembly made Sherman a justice of the peace From 1755 until 1761 Sherman was a member of this body of legislature His experience in the general
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