Williams, Elisha (1694-1755)

Connecticut politician, judge, and clergyman.

Settled in Wethersfield. Instructed a part of the student body of Yale College in his home (1716-19). Rector of Yale (1726-39).

Accompanied Connecticut troops to Louisburg and served as army chaplain (1745). Went to England, where he came into contact with leaders of the evangelical movement (1749-51). Connecticut delegate to the Albany Congress (1754).

Born in Hatfield, Massachusetts. Graduated with honors from Harvard College (1711). Studied theology with his father, the Reverend William Williams.