Ebenezer Huntington

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The Honorable
Ebenezer Huntington
Surrender of Lord Cornwallis.jpg
Ebenezer Huntington is depicted as one of the officers of General Washington's Army in John Trumbull's Surrender of Lord Cornwallis
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's At-large district
In office
October 11, 1810 – March 3, 1811
Preceded by Samuel W. Dana
Succeeded by Lyman Law
In office
March 4, 1817 – March 3, 1819
Preceded by Lyman Law
Succeeded by Henry W. Edwards
Personal details
Born (1754-12-26)December 26, 1754
Norwich, CT
Died June 17, 1834(1834-06-17) (aged 79)>
Political party Federalist
Spouse(s) Sarah Isham
Lucretia Mary McClellan
Alma mater Yale College
Harvard College
Website www.ct.gov/mil
Military service
Allegiance United States United States
Service/branch Continental Army
 United States Army
Years of service 1775 - 1783
1798 - 1800
Rank Lieutenant Colonel (Continental Army)
Brigadier General (US Army)
Unit 2nd Connecticut Regiment
Commands Connecticut State Militia
Battles/wars Siege of Boston
Battle of Long Island
Battle of Rhode Island
Battle of Springfield
Siege of Yorktown
Military career

Ebenezer Huntington (December 26, 1754 – June 17, 1834) was an officer in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and afterwards United States Representative from Connecticut.

Early life[edit]

Ebenezer was born on December 26, 1754 in Norwich, Connecticut to Jabez and Elizabeth (Backus) Huntington. The Backus family was a prominent family from the area who's heirs would found Backus Hospital. His brothers Jedediah, Andrew, and Joshua also served during the revolution.[1]

Ebenezer attended Yale College, leaving without permission on April 21, 1775. After communication with the college, he would receive his degree on August 8 of the same year. He would later receive an honorary Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College and in 1785, Master of Arts from both colleges.

Military career[edit]

After leaving Yale, Ebenezer arrived in Boston where he received an appointment as a First Lieutenant in Captain Chester's Company of General Joseph's 2nd Connecticut Regiment. He participated in the Siege of Boston until its close when he marched with General Washington to New York. In June 1776 he was promoted to Captain and fought in the Battle of Long Island under Colonel Samuel Wyllys. By the end of the battle he was promoted to Brigade Major under General Parsons.

On October 26, 1776 he was temporarily promoted to Deputy Adjutant General under Major General Heath in defense of the Highlands and also served as Deputy Paymaster. He was promoted to Major in 1777 in General Israel Putnam's command, where the unit suffered significant casualties in Long Island. During the summer of 1778 he participated in the Battle of Rhode Island where he would take command of the regiment. Under his command, the unit fought in the Battle of Springfield in 1780 in New Jersey.

Now a Lieutenant Colonel, he was given command of a light infantry regiment and marched with Washington to Yorktown where he witnessed the surrender of Cornwallis. He is represented in the painting by John Trumbull as one of the American Officers. He remained on duty with his troops until the unit was disbanded in May 1783.

After the War[edit]

Ebenezer Huntington retired from the Army to pursue a career in merchandise. But in 1792 he was appointed as a General by the Governor of Connecticut, Samuel Huntington to be the Adjutant General after Congress passed an act in 1792 authorizing the states to maintain a militia. He would hold the position for the next 30 years under seven different governors.

Political career[edit]

Concurrently while serving as the state's Adjutant General, Ebenezer twice served as a member of the United States House of Representatives in Connecticut's At-large congressional district. His first tenure was for less than five months when he filled the vacancy created when Samuel W. Dana was appointed to the United States Senate to complete the term of James Hillhouse who had resigned. He would serve again as the at-large Congressman five years later when he was elected as a Federalist in November 1816, beginning his term on March 4, 1817. He would only serve one term.

Personal life[edit]

Ebenezer Huntington was married twice. The first was to Sarah Isham of Colchester on December 10, 1791 with whom he had one son, Alfred Isham Huntington. Sarah died in 1793 and Ebenezer would marry again on October 7, 1795 to Lucretia Mary McClellan of Woodstock. Together they would have nine children: Wolcott (b. August 20, 1796), Louisa Mary (b. February 20, 1798), George Washington (b, November 22, 1799), Nancy (b. April 6, 1803), Walter (b. November 11, 1804), Sarah (b. May 1, 1806), Elizabeth (b. August 24, 1808) and Maria (b. December 13, 1810).

Lucretia would pass away on November 5, 1819 while General Huntington would live until June 17, 1834.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Huntington, Elijah B. (1863). A Genealogical Memoir of the Huntington Family. pp. 161–168. 
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Samuel W. Dana
U.S. Representative from Connecticut
(at large)

October 11, 1810 – March 3, 1811
Succeeded by
Lyman Law
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Lyman Law
U.S. Representative from Connecticut
(at large)

March 4, 1817 – March 3, 1819
Succeeded by
Henry W. Edwards
Military offices
Preceded by
John Keyes
Connecticut Adjutant General
1792 - 1822
Succeeded by
George Cowles