The Stratford Historical Society
Stratford Historical Society Box 382
Town Council Creates Ordinance for William Samuel Johnson Day - February 11, 2019

Text of the Resolution as adopted by the Town Council


Sponsored by: Hon. Bill O'Brien, District 9

WHEREAS; William Samuel Johnson, born on October 7, 1727 in the Town of Stratford, has not been given ceremonial recognition by said Town of Stratford for his part in the formation of the Constitution of the United States of America since the 1940s, and,
WHEREAS; William Samuel Johnson was one of the two signers of the said Constitution of these United States of America on behalf of the people of Connecticut, and,
WHEREAS; William Samuel Johnson, Stratford's illustrious citizen, not only signed this great document for the State of Connecticut but was also the first man to ever read the Constitution of these United States to a public assembly, reporting as chairman of the committee of the Constitutional convention which drew up the document, and,
WHEREAS; William Samuel Johnson, was a Legislator from Stratford to the first Connecticut General Court, a Senator from Connecticut to the United States Congress and his body now lies buried in the old Christ Church Cemetery, and
WHEREAS; Proper recognition should be given by the Town of Stratford to this man who played such an important part in the formation of these United States of America, now therefore, be it,

RESOLVED: that October 7, 2019 and October 7, of each year there-after shall be designated as a Day of Remembrance in the Town of Stratford so that the Town may pay fitting and lasting tribute to the memory of William Samuel Johnson.