British American Colonial Governor. He served as Colonial Governor of Connecticut from 1766 to 1769. He was also a Connecticut Superior Court Judge and a delegate to the Albany Conference. Pitkin had a reputation as a problem-solver and was known as a "Champion of Colonial Rights." He married Mary Woodbridge in 1724. One of their sons, William IV, was elected a member of the US Congress.
Bio by: Jan Franco
"Here lieth Interred the body of the Honorable William Pitkin, Esq., late Governor of the Colony of Connecticut. To the God of Nature indebted for all his Talents, he aimed to employ them in Religion, without Affectation, Chearfull, Humble,
and Temperate, Zealous and bold for the Truth, Faithfull in Distributing Justice, Scattering away Evil with his Bye, an Example of Christian Virtue, a Patron of his Country, a Benefactor to the poor, a Tender Parent and Faithful Friend. Twelve years he presided in the Superior Court, and three years and a half Governor-in-Chief. After serving his Generation by the Will of God with Calmness and serenity fell on sleep, the 1st day of October, A. D., 1769, in the 76th year of his Age.
"Walk thoughtful on that solemn shore.
Of that vast ocean thou art soon to pass."
On the day William died he was 75 years old, and Ætatis suæ (i.e., Æ, "Aged," in the XX year of his Age) 76.
Mary Woodbridge Pitkin
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