(1730–1817)Revolutionary War militia officer and Connecticut politician. Born in Durham, Connecticut, James Wadsworth commanded a militia company in the Ticonderoga campaigns of 1758 and 1759. When the Revolutionary War began he was colonel of the Tenth Connecticut Militia Regiment, and he led a detachment of militia sent to reinforce the siege of Boston. In 1777 he became Connecticut's second highest ranking military officer, with the rank of major general of the militia. He resigned his commission in 1779, but continued to serve in the general assembly and on the Committee of Safety. After the war he became Connecticut's leading opponent of the new federal Constitution, and he spent his last thirty years in relative seclusion before dying in Durham, Connecticut.
From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Warfare and Defence.