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1746 Benedict Arnold's Father "BENEDICT ARNOLD" Signed Legal Document

(BENEDICT ARNOLD III) (1683-1761). Colonial Connecticut Merchant and Father of the Infamous American Revolutionary War General and Traitor "Benedict Arnold" named after his father.

June 30, 1746-Dated, Manuscript Document, measuring 3.25" x 4.5" from the Court of Justice Isaac Huntington of Norwich, Connecticut, not signed, yet regarding a Lawsuit between Benedict Arnold (III) and Daniel Woodworth, Extremely Fine. Here, a decision of Judge Huntington is boldly written in deep brown ink upon fresh clean period laid paper. It bears the name "Benedict Arnold" being named and written twice on this Colonial Connecticut Court Document in its text, and named again upon the reverse side docket. Stated by a prior owner to have a pedigree to the papers of Justice Jabez Huntington.

The BENEDICT ARNOLD named on the document in this legal case was the father of the infamous American military hero, and later American Revolution War Traitor GENERAL BENEDICT ARNOLD, himself a native of Norwich, Ct. A rare document, in choice quality, that directly involves and names three times, Benedict Arnold III (the Traitor's father).



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The Traitor, American Revolutionary War General Benedict Arnold, was born the last of six children to Benedict Arnold III (1683"1761) and Hannah Waterman King in Norwich, Connecticut, in 1741.

He was named after his great-grandfather Benedict Arnold, an early governor of the Colony of Rhode Island, and his brother Benedict IV, who died in infancy before Benedict Arnold V was born. Only Benedict and his sister Hannah survived to adulthood; his other siblings succumbed to yellow fever in childhood. Through his maternal grandmother, Arnold was a descendant of John Lothropp, an ancestor of at least four U.S. presidents.

The Arnold family was well off until the future general's father made several bad business deals that plunged the family into debt, and became an alcoholic, forcing his son to withdraw from school at 14 because the family could not afford the expense.

His father's alcoholism and ill-health prevented him from training Arnold in the family mercantile business, but his mother's family connections secured an apprenticeship for Arnold with two of her cousins, brothers Daniel and Joshua Lathrop, who operated a successful apothecary and general merchandise trade in Norwich.

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