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Deane, Silas, House

Wethersfield, Connecticut
County of Hartford.
203 Main Street
National Register Number: 70000835
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Domestic - single dwelling.
Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: Museum: http://mc04.equinox.net/wdsmuseum/deanehouse.html.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - November 28, 1972):
This large frame two story Georgian structure was built in 1766 by Silas Deane (1737-1789), a delegate to the first Continental Congress who in March 1776 was selected as the first envoy of the United States abroad. His instructions were to secure military and financial assistance and to seek an alliance with the French government; Deane succeeded in sending 8 shiploads of military supplies to America and enlisting the aid of European military officers. In September, Congress appointed Deane, Benjamin Franklin and Arthur Lee as the first official commission to France; their negotiations led to two treaties.


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