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Roger Sherman was born on April 191721in Newton Massachusetts He was the son of William Mehetabel Sherman and descended from Captain John Sherman of Dedham Essex Sherman received no formal education save that offered by the common schools but he doubtlessly came under the influence of the classically trained Reverend Samuel Dunbar and early enjoyed a habit of study that led him to read a lot in theology historymathematics and particularly law and politics Because of his deep interest in theology Sherman didnt join the church until early manhood The reason for this is most likely due to a characteristic caution in making good decisions Roger lived in Stoughton until 1743 There he learned the trade of a cordwainer from his father and helping him on the farms There is also a picture of Sherman with him at a cobblers bench with a book open before him In that same year Roger moved to Milford Connecticut he was appointed surveyor for New Haven County and he continued in office when Litchfield County was organized in 1752 This position was unusually rewardable and Sherman became an owner of lands At oncehe began to become active in his towns affairs He served as a jury mantown clerk gauger clerk of the church deacon school committeeman and an agent to the Assembly on town business In 1756 he and his brother became sole owners of the first store in New Milford Among all these jobs he eventually found time to publish a bookThe book was A Caveat Against Injustice or an Enquiry into the Evil Consequences of a Fluctuating Medium of Exchange The book was a strong argument denying that bills of credit of neighboring provinces were legal in Connecticut An even more excellent achievement was his series of almanacs They were based upon his own astronomical calculations In February of 1754 Sherman was admitted to the Litchfield bar and in May
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