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JEDIDIAH HUNTINGTON (1743-1818)
JEDIDIAH HUNTINGTON (1743-1818) 
He commanded Minute Men from Connecticut during the Lexington Alarm

Born of great wealth and social prominence. After graduating from Harvard, he became an active Son of Liberty. In 1774, he rose from the rank of Captain to Colonel of the 20th Regiment of Colonial Militia. He commanded Minute Men from Connecticut during the Lexington Alarm and would go on to command the Eighth Continental Regiment which was later reorganized into the Seventeenth Continental Regiment in 1776. In 1777 he was promoted to Brigadier General fighting at the Battle of Germantown. He would winter with General Washington at Valley Forge in 1777 to 1778 before moving on to fight at the Battle of Monmouth in June. Huntingdon remained in command until the end of the war in June 1783 and was brevetted Major General for war service. Huntington would serve as a Constitutional Convention delegate and in 1789 was appointed Customs Collection agent at New London, Connecticut by her personal friend, President George Washington.
This partially printed Connecticut pay order is dated February 1, 1789 and made out to Sherediah Butts, Esq of Canterbury. The two documents are attached to each other and numbered in sequential order. No. 3008 is made out for £24.10.0. No. 3009 is made out for £14.12.0. Both documents are signed "Jed Huntington," as Treasurer, making two Huntington signatures on the one document. It is unusual to find pay orders in this form. $380.00


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