He was born in Middletown, Connecticut and lived there all his life. He was the son of Titus Hosmer, a member of the Continental Congress. He attended Yale University, graduating in 1782, and began his law practice in 1785. He was a member of the Connecticut Council for ten years.
Hosmer married Lucia Parsons, a daughter of General Samuel Holden Parsons; they had 11 children, of which only 3 were alive in 1834 when Hosmer died (and his daughter Sarah Mehetable died of cholera eight days after her father.)
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