Andrew Adams Acts As A Sounding Board

Andrew Adams Acts As A Sounding Board

Andrew Adams was a signer of the Articles of Confederation.

Although he was mostly associated with the leading and development of Connecticut, Adams was associated with many notable Founders.  These men all looked to Adams for advice on winning the war.


Andrew Adams had followed in his father’s footsteps in becoming a Connecticut lawyer.

Having become known for his intelligence as an attorney, Adams was elected to the Connecticut Council of Safety.  This Revolutionary Government took over at the outbreak of the war with Great Britain.

Andrew also volunteered his service to the Connecticut militia where he rose to the rank of Colonel.

Articles of Confederation

After independence was declared and a new government was created for his State, Adams was selected to its House of Representatives.  

Andrew stayed in this organization for five years, eventually become Speaker of the House and controlling the topics on the floor.

Additionally, Adams was sent to Philadelphia to represent Connecticut in the Continental Congress.  He worked toward and signed the Articles of Confederation, creating the first government of the United States of America.

Connecticut Lawmaker

Upon returning home, Adams was chosen by Governor Johnathan Trumbull to sit on the Connecticut Executive Council.  This Council acted much the way a Cabinet would today, trusted advisers to whom the Governor would look to when making decisions.

Furthermore, Adams was chosen to sit on the Connecticut Supreme Court.  By 1793 he would be named Chief Justice of that Court, sitting on the bench for the rest of his life.

Andrew Adams

When looking for information that makes Andrew Adams stand out, there are two things that one might notice.

First is his signature on the Articles of Confederation.  This much overlooked Founding Document set up the initial government of the United States and was the bedrock on which the U.S. Constitution would later be built.

Second, it is easy to realize that Adams was used as a sounding board for many of his contemporaries.  When looking through his letters, his friends would often discuss issues and inquire his thoughts on the matter.

Interestingly, most of these conversations discuss the Revolutionary War’s progress and, specifically, troop movements.  Although Adams did serve in the war, he was always known more for legislative and judicial matters than that of warfare. It is obvious his colleagues respected him, as they would ask his opinion regarding subject matters that he did not seem to be an expert in.


Andrew Adams spent most of his revolutionary career focusing on the growth of his home State of Connecticut.  He served in the House of Representatives, on the Executive Council, and on the Supreme Court.  Adams did, however, take the time to attend the Continental Congress and sign the Articles of Confederation, solidifying his place among the Founding Fathers.

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Andrew Adams does not have a biography I can recommend to you so instead I will link below to 'Clothed in the Robes of Sovereignty' which is about the creation of a national identity, but in the Continental Congress and in public.  Our links go through our affiliate Amazon who is a trusted retailer.

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