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Alexander H. Holley

alexander h. holley
Alexander Hamilton Holley August 12, 1804 – October 2, 1887 was an American politician and the 40th Governor of Connecticut


  • 1 Life and politics
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Death
  • 4 References
  • 5 Further reading
  • 6 External links

Life and politicsedit

Holley was born in Salisbury, Connecticut on August 12, 1804 He was a Congregationalist and studied at the public schools in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York He was married to Jane M Lyman 1808–1832, Marcia Coffing and Sarah C Day He had six children1


Holley served in the state militia, rising through the ranks to lieutenant colonel He entered politics in 1844, serving as a delegate to the Whig National Convention Holley became president of the Holley Manufacturing Company in 1854 and held that position for life He also became director of the Salisbury Iron Bank and Connecticut Western Railroad

Holley was nominated by the Republican Party and elected the 25th Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut in 1854, and became the Governor of Connecticut in 1857 During his term, his administration endorsed the requirement for recently naturalized citizens to wait one year before being eligible to vote, and the Supreme Court ruled on the Dred Scott case1 He left office on May 5, 1858 He was a delegate to Republican National Convention from Connecticut, 1860,2 and retired from public service


Holley died on October 2, 1887, Lakeville He is interred at Salisbury Cemetery, Salisbury, Connecticut


  1. ^ a b "Alexander H Holley" National Governors Association Retrieved 3 December 2012 
  2. ^ "Alexander H Holley" The Political Graveyard Retrieved 4 December 2012 

Further readingedit

  • Sobel, Robert and John Raimo Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978 Greenwood Press, 1988 ISBN 0-313-28093-2

External linksedit

  • National Governors Association
  • Alexander H Holley at Find a Grave
  • The Political Graveyard

Political offices
Preceded by
Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut
Succeeded by
William Field
Preceded by
William T Minor
Governor of Connecticut
Succeeded by
William A Buckingham

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