(1719–86) early leader of the Revolutionary cause, born in Norwich, Connecticut. Huntington was commander of the Connecticut militia, and an influential member of that state's Council of Safety, which provided the executive leadership in revolutionary matters. As militia commander, Huntington did not participate in battle but coordinated military plans and political decisions. A prosperous merchant, Huntington also procured provisions for the troops with his own credit, for which he was never repaid. It is generally believed that he sacrificed both his fortune and his health to the cause, retiring due to illness in 1779.
From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Warfare and Defence.