This is a biography of William Williams, a merchant, a delegate for Connecticut to the Continental Congress, and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. As the son of a minister, Williams studied theology and law at Harvard, and throughout his life religion was a great influence on his political presence.
As one phase of the Bicentennial observation, The American Revolution Bicentennial Commission of Connecticut has authorized scholars in a wide range of study to write a series of monographs on the broadly defined Revolutionary Era of 1763 to 1787. These monographs [appeared] yearly beginning in 1973 through 1980. Emphasis is placed upon the birth of the nation, rather than on the winning of independence on the field of battle.
Bruce P. Stark (Ph. D., The University of Connecticut) is Assistant Professor of History at the Southeastern Branch of the University of Connecticut. He has contributed numerous articles to historical journals.