Jeremiah Wadsworth was an American merchant who profited from his position as member of the Continental Congress while supplying the Continental Army. Wadsworth also participated in the Connecticut convention that ratified the U.S. Constitution.
Jeremiah Wadsworth (July 12, 1743– April 30, 1804) was an American sea captain, merchant, and statesman from Hartford, Connecticut who profited from his position as a government official charged with supplying the Continental Army. He represented Connecticut in both the Continental Congress and the United States House of Representatives.
During the American Revolution, Wadsworth served as Deputy Commissary General of Purchases in 1777. When Congress reorganized the supply system, he became Commissary General in April 1778, resigning in December 1779. Later he was elected a member of the Continental Congress, which ratified the U.S. Constitution in 1788. From 1789 to 1795 he served three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives in 1795 and of the state Executive Council from 1795 to 1801.
He was a founder of the Bank of North America in Philadelphia, of the Hartford Bank, and of the Hartford Library Company, director of the United States Bank, and president of the Bank of New York. Wadsworth was one of the founders of the Hartford Manufacturing Company, the first wool-manufacturing business and the first to use power machinery in the United States. He became a partner in the Hartford and New Haven Insurance Company, Connecticut's first insurance company.
Interested in the improvement of agriculture, he introduced new breeds of cattle from abroad. He represented well the new class of entrepreneurs who led the rapid economic expansion of the young nation.
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