Statue of David Wooster



Born in Stratford, Connecticut, David Wooster graduated from the Yale University in 1738. In 1741, he became a lieutenant of the militia and commanded the armed sloop “Defense”. He served in the Louisburg expedition, a siege to capture the French fort at the mouth of the St. Lawrence River and went to France with prisoners for exchange in 1745. Wooster vecame a colonel of a Connecticut regiment and was active in most of the campaigns of the French and Indian War, taking part in the attack on Ticonderoga in 1758. He became the Collector of Customs in New Haven in 1763. At the age of sixty-five, he was appointed major general of six Connecticut regiments which were raised on the first call for troops in April-May 1775. Wooster took part in operations along lakes George and Champlain and in the invasion of Canada by the Americans. He participated in the siege and capture of St. Johns, later commanding at Monteral when General Montgomery made his unsusccessful attempt to capture Quebec. With the death of Montgomery, Wooster assumed command in Canada, remaining at his post for less than one month. Late in 1776, he was appointed a major general in the Connecticut militia. During the winter of 1776-77, he commanded a division on the borders of Connecticut. On April 27, 1777 he was mortally wounded while opposing the Danbury Raid by the British and died on May 2.

A statue in his memory was made in 1917 at the State capital.


210 Capitol Ave
Hartford, CT 06106


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