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John Chandler Commission

1771

As one of the oldest colonies in British North America (founded in the 1630s), Connecticut had a long tradition of self-government that encouraged many of its citizens to support resistance to British taxation and other measures. Connecticut native John Chandler (1736-1795) studied theology and medicine at Yale College as a young man, serving as a physician and occasional preacher before serving in the colonial legislature from 1771-73. Chandler received this military commission in the colonial militia in 1771, and later served in the Continental Army during the War of Independence. The commission is signed by Jonathan Trumbull, Sr., one of only two colonial governors who continued to serve after American Independence was declared in 1776. Governor Trumbull’s son John (1756-1843) gained fame as a historical painter who specialized in the history of the American Revolution.