Why You Should Care About Roger Sherman’s 300th Birthday
April 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Ave
New Haven, CT 06510 United States
Celebrate the 300th birthday of CT Founding Father Roger Sherman—opponent of slavery, religious-freedom advocate, and the first mayor of New Haven! Though he was all these things, and an accomplished statesman, incredibly, CT’s Founding Father Roger Sherman has largely been forgotten. Sherman will be celebrated on his 300th birthday by Mark David Hall, the Herbert Hoover Distinguished Professor of Politics and Faculty Fellow at George Fox University in a free, virtual New Haven Museum lecture, “Roger Sherman and the Creation of the American Republic.”
Why is Sherman—the only Founder to help draft or 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, says Hall. “Think about the Founders that most Americans know: Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison—all presidents,” says Hall. But, Hall maintains, less-famous Founders like Sherman must be studied if we are to have an accurate account of the founding era.