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Titus Hosmer (1736 – August 4, 1780) was an American lawyer from Middletown, Connecticutmarker. He was a delegate for Connecticutmarker to the Continental Congress in 1778, where he signed the Articles of Confederation.

Titus was born in West Hartford, Connecticutmarker, attended Yalemarker and graduated in 1757. He read for the law, was admitted to the bar, and began a practice in Middletown, Connecticutmarker. He married Lydia Lord on November 29 1761 in Middletown. Their son Stephen Hosmer would also become a lawyer, and was the Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court. Their other son, Hezekiah Lord Hosmer I, a New York representative, had a son named Hezekiah Lord Hosmer II, the first Chief Justice of the Montana Territory, who wrote the books, The Octoroon and Bacon and Shakespeare in the Sonnets.

Hosmer was elected to the Connecticut state Assembly annually from 1773 to 1778, and served as their speaker in 1777.

In May 1778 he became a member of the State Senate, and remained in that office until he died. Later in 1778, the joint state legislature also sent him one of their delegates to the Continental Congress. Titus died at Middletown on August 4 1780 of undisclosed causes, and is buried in the Mortimer Cemetery there.

The Hosmer family is traced to Rotherfieldmarker in Sussex (and much earlier to Dorsetmarker), where a certain Alexander Hosmer was native before a marian martyr in nearby Lewesmarker and the family consequently moved to Kentmarker in the following generations. His colonial ancestor was a Roundhead in the New Model Army, who left Hawkhurstmarker in Kent for New Englandmarker upon the English Restoration. He had a Whig relative who fought and was mortally wounded in the Battle of Lexington and Concordmarker against Hugh Percy, 2nd Duke of Northumberland. There is a Hosmer Corner in Hampden County, Massachusettsmarker named for the family although the Hosmers are more renowned as founders of Hartford Connecticut.

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Hezekiah Hosmer HOSMER, Hezekiah Lord, (1765 - 1814)

Full text of "Bacon and Shakespeare in the sonnets"

Montana Vigilantes and the Origins of the 3-7-77

Adela, the octoroon

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