- Bruce C. Daniels
Huntington, Jabez (07 August 1719–05 October 1786), politician and general, was born in Norwich, Connecticut, the son of Joshua Huntington, a merchant, and Hannah Perkins. The Huntingtons were one of eastern Connecticut’s most prominent families. Jabez’s grandfather and great-uncle, Christopher and Simon Huntington, had been among the wealthiest of Norwich’s original settlers; his father, Joshua, took advantage of Norwich’s strategic location at the uppermost navigable point on the Thames River to become the region’s leading merchant. For most of the eighteenth century, Norwich was the second most populous town in the colony, lagging only slightly behind New Haven and standing ahead of urban centers that were to become better known, such as Hartford and New London. Growing up a Huntington in this thriving river port afforded Jabez great opportunities to excel in both politics and business....