Roger, a colonial governor of Connecticut, born in Windsor, Conn., Jan. 4, 1679, died in that part of the same town which is now East Windsor, May 17, 1767. He was appointed commissary of the Connecticut colonial forces in the attack on Canada in 1711, and served in the subsequent French wars, attaining the rank of major general at the siege of Louisburg in 1745. He was elected governor of the colony in 1751, and reelected for the next three years. He had previously been repeatedly member of the assembly and of the council, judge of the county court and of the superior court, and deputy governor. He published "Poetical Meditations" (1725), and wrote a poem entitled "A Brief Account of the Agency of the Honorable John Winthrop, Esq., in the Court of King Charles II., A. D. 1662," in which he gives a description of the Pequot war. This has been printed in the collections of the Massachusetts historical society.
Oliver, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, son of the preceding, born in Windsor, Conn., Nov. 26, 1726, died in Litchfield, Dec. 1,1797. He graduated at Yale college in 1747, received a captain's commission from the governor of New York, and raised a company for the defence of the northern frontier, where he remained until the peace of Aix-la-Chapelle. In 1751 he was appointed sheriff of Litchfield co., Conn., and in 1774 a member of the state council. He was also chief judge of the court of common pleas, a judge of the probate court, and a major general of militia. In 1775 he was appointed one of the commissioners of Indian affairs for the northern department. In 1776 he commanded the 14 Connecticut regiments raised to act with the army in New York, and in the same year he took his seat in congress. After the declaration was signed he returned to the army, and was at the battle of Saratoga, but continued to serve in congress at intervals till 1783. He was lieutenant governor of Connecticut from 1786 to 1796, when he was elected governor, which office he held at the time of his death. - His son Oliver (1760-1833), a lawyer, was secretary of the United State3 treasury 1795-1800, afterward circuit judge till 1802, and from 1818 to 1827 governor of Connecticut.