Jonathan Sturges – Continental Congressman – Connecticut


Jonathan Sturges (August 23, 1740– October 4, 1819) was an American lawyer, jurist and politician from Fairfield, Connecticut. He represented Connecticut as a delegate to the Continental Congress and in the United States House of Representatives.


Sturges was born in Fairfield, Connecticut where his father, Samuel (1712–1771) was a surveyor. His mother, Ann (Burr) Sturges was Samuel’s second wife. His great-great grandfather, also Jonathan Sturges (1624–1700), had been one of the original settlers of the town.

Sturges graduated from Yale in 1759. He earned his Masers degree from Yale in 1761, and his Doctor of Laws degree from yYale in 1806. He read law, and was admitted to the bar in May 1772. He began the practice of law in Fairfield.

Sturges entry into public service came when his neighbors in Fairfield sent him to the Connecticut House of Representatives in 1772. He was returned every year until 1784. In 1773 he served Fairfield County as a justice of the peace and in 1775 he served as the judge of probate court. Connecticut sent him is a delegate to the Continental Congress in 1786. He served as a member of Connecticut council of assistants from 1786 to 1788.

When the new United States government was formed, the voters elected him to the U.S. House as a Pro-Administration Party candidate. He served two terms in Congress from March 4, 1789 to March 3, 1793. Returning home, he was appointed an Associate Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court, serving from 1793 until 1805. He was a presidential elector in 1797 and 1805.

Sturges died at his home in Fairfield on October 4, 1819 and is interred in the Old Burying Ground in Fairfield.

==Personal life==

In 1760 Sturges married Deborah Lewis (1742–1832). They had four children together, Lewis Burr Sturges, Jonathan Sturges, Barnabas Lothrop Sturges and Priscilla Sturges.

Their son, Lewis Burr Sturges, would follow his father in the U.S. Congress.