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Everett J. Lake

Everett J Lake February 8, 1871 – September 16, 1948 was an American politician, businessman and the 67th governor of Connecticut


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Death
  • 4 References
  • 5 Further reading
  • 6 External links

Early lifeedit

Lake was born in Woodstock, Connecticut, on February 8, 1871, son of Thomas A Lake and Martha A Cockings Lake He studied at Worcester Polytechnic and graduated in 1890 He then attended Harvard University, where he played for the Harvard Crimson football team He received consensus All-American football honors in 1891 He graduated from Harvard in 1892

Lake married three times His first wife was Eva Louise Sykes, whom he married on September 4, 1895, and with whom he had a son and a daughter, Marjorie S Lake Eva Lake died on November 25, 1935, in Boston Her body was brought back to Connecticut for burial in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford

After Eva's death, Lake married Mrs Elizabeth Keeney Gordon, the widow of Lewis E Gordon, on December 24, 1935 She died on August 28, 1936, in Whitefield, New Hampshire, and is also buried in the Cedar Hill Cemetery1 Lake's third wife was Barbara Grace Lincoln, a prominent business woman and director of the Sage-Allen store in Hartford Surviving him by twenty years, Barbara died June 16, 1968, and is buried beside Lake in Ashford2


Lake started his career by working for the Hartford Lumber Company, his father's business He was the president of Hartford Lumber Company from 1900 to 1939 A Republican, Lake became a representative from Hartford in the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1903 to 1905 He also served as a member of the Connecticut Senate from 1905 to 1907

Lake became the 52nd lieutenant governor of Connecticut under Rollin S Woodruff in 1907 He held that position until 1909 He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention from Connecticut in 1912 At the 1920 state convention he supported the nomination of William H Hall, a close friend When the delegates became deadlocked over whom to select for governor, Lake was nominated Not only did he win his party's support, but he also received more votes at the polls than any gubernatorial candidate had ever obtained before, defeating Democratic candidate Rollin U Tyler by 110,880 votes1

Elected in 1920, Lake became the governor of Connecticut During his term, a bill was enacted that prohibited child laborers from working more than eight hours a day A legislation also was constituted that withheld employment certificates from children who were deficient in required schooling3

When Lake left office on January 3, 1923, he continued to work with the Hartford Lumber Company as well as participate in many civic and private organizations His interest in football did not diminish, and he continued to attend Yale-Harvard games In 1939, he retired as the president of the Hartford Lumber Company after 39 years3


Lake died in Hartford, Connecticut, on September 16, 1948 He is interred at Westford Village Cemetery, Ashford, Windham County, Connecticut


  1. ^ a b "Everett J Lake" Connecticut State Library Retrieved 15 December 2012 
  2. ^ "Everett J Lake" The Political Graveyard Retrieved 15 December 2012 
  3. ^ a b "Everett J Lake" National Governors Association Retrieved 15 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

  • The Political Graveyard
  • Everett J Lake at Find a Grave
  • National Governors Association
Political offices
Preceded by
Rollin S Woodruff
Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut
Succeeded by
Frank B Weeks
Preceded by
Marcus H Holcomb
Governor of Connecticut
Succeeded by
Charles A Templeton

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