Eliphalet Dyer was born in Windham, CT and graduated from Yale in 1740. He then studied law in Windham. Around 1745 he married Huldah Bowen. They had five sons and a daughter who married Joseph Trumbull.
In 1746 Dyer became a lawyer and a Justice of the Peace. He was a founder and active member of the Susquehannah Company including making an unsuccessful trip to England in 1763 to try and have the company’s title to land in Pennsylvania confirmed. He defended the company in the Connecticut legislature during his terms as deputy from 1742 to1762 and in the upper house from 1762 to 1784. In 1765, Dyer was one of the governor’s council who refused to witness the signing of the Stamp Tax oath.
Dyer was first sent to the Continental Congress in 1774 and continued to serve until 1783, except for 1776 and 1779. He was also appointed to the Council of Safety in 1775 and served until it was disbanded in 1783. Because of his militia experience during the French and Indian War, Dyer was offered a commission as brigadier general in the Continental Army but declined in order to continue his work in Congress and on the Council of Safety.
The imposing monument in front of the Brooklyn Historical Society Museum commemorates Revolutionary War hero Israel Putnam, who was often credited for issuing the order, “Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes” at the Battle of Breed’s (Bunker) Hill.
This house had just two rooms when Samuel Huntington, president of the 2nd Continental Congress and a signer of the Declaration of Independence, was born here. Huntington also served as president of Congress under the Articles of Confederation, and was governor of Connecticut from 1786-1796. The Huntington Homestead Museum is open to the public.