When: Monday, April 19, 2021 | 6:00 PM EDT
Where: Virtual Event
Description: Celebrate the 300th birthday of CT Founding Father Roger Sherman—opponent of slavery, religious freedom advocate, 1st mayor of New Haven.
Though he was a lifelong opponent of slavery, a proponent of religious freedom, the first mayor of New Haven, and an accomplished statesman, incredibly, Connecticut’s Founding Father Roger Sherman has largely been forgotten. Sherman will be celebrated on his tricentennial by Mark David Hall, the Herbert Hoover Distinguished Professor of Politics and Faculty Fellow at George Fox University in a virtual lecture, “Roger Sherman and the Creation of the American Republic.” Why is Sherman—the only founding father to sign all six of the key founding-era documents including the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights—virtually unknown today? Because he did not become president, according to Hall, who says lesser-known founders like Sherman must be studied if we are to have an accurate account of the founding era.