U.S. Congressman, U.S. Senator, Connecticut Governor. He graduated from Princeton University in 1797, earned a law degree from the Litchfield Law School, was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in New Haven, Connecticut. He entered politics in 1818 and was clerk to the Connecticut House of Representatives. He was elected as a Democrat to the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Congresses, serving (1819-23) and appointed to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Elijah Boardman, serving (1823-27). In addition, he was a member of the Connecticut State Senate, (1827-29), a member, Connecticut State House of Representatives in 1830 and was elected Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut in 1832, but was deprived of the office by a divided Assembly. In 1835, he was elected as a Democrat the 27th and 29th Governor of Connecticut, serving until 1838. During his tenure, a discriminatory education law was enacted, the railroad industry underwent a significant growth and the state engineered a geological survey in 1835. After his term, he retired from public service.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
Lydia Miller Edwards