(April 29, 1745 – November 26, 1807), an American
lawyer and politician, was a revolutionary against British
rule, a drafter of the United States Constitution
, and third Chief Justice of the United States
. On June 20, 1787, while at the Federal Convention
, Ellsworth moved to strike the word National
from the May 30, 1787 motion made by Edmund Randolph
, that called for the government to be called a National Government of United States
. Ellsworth moved that the government continue to be called the United States Government
. Oliver Ellsworth was born in Windsor, Connecticut
, to Capt. David and Jemima Leavitt Ellsworth. He entered Yale
in 1762, but transferred to the College of New Jersey
) at the end of his second year. He continued to study theology
and received his A.B.
degree after 2 years. Soon afterward, however, Ellsworth turned to the law. After four years of study, he was admitted to the bar in 1771 and later became a successful lawyer.