Samuel Huntington was born in Windham, Connecticut Colony and was sent to the common schools as a boy. He was limited in his education and was self-educated for most of his education. When he was 16 years old he apprenticed to a cooper while also helping on his father’s farm.
Although he was self-educated he was extremely intelligent. He was admitted to the bar and began practicing law in Norwich, Connecticut. Once he had established a career and an income he then married Martha Devotion whom he would have no children. However, after the passing of his brother the couple would adopt the children and raise them as their own.
Politically, Samuel worked hard. His calm demeanor and diligence allowed him to rise through the ranks. When John Jay became a minister to Spain, Samuel became the president of the Second Continental Congress. During this time the Articles of Confederation would be written and Huntington, being the President of the Continental Congress, would be the “first president” of the United States. This is a mere technicality. The articles of Confederation was a weak government and it was not until the Constitution was written that there would be a President that was elected by the people. The first President under the Constitution was George Washington.
In 1786 he was elected Governor of Connecticut. After the Articles of Confederation failed, the Constitution was ratified. Huntington aided Connecticut’s ratification of the Constitution in 1788. He would survive another 8 years as Connecticut’s governor and die in office.