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George L. Lilley

George Leavens Lilley August 3, 1859 – April 21, 1909 was a United States Representative and the 63rd Governor of Connecticut


  • 1 Biography
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Death
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links


Born in Oxford, Massachusetts Lilley was the son of John Leavens Lilley and Caroline W Adams Lilley He attended the common schools of Oxford, the Worcester High School, and Worcester Technical Institute He moved to Waterbury, Connecticut in 1881 and engaged in mercantile pursuits and the real estate business He married Anna E H Steele on June 17, 18841 The couple had three sons, Frederick, John, and Theodore2


A member of Connecticut Republican State Committee from 1901 to 1909; Lilley also served in the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1901 to 1903

Lilley was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-eighth, Fifty-ninth, and Sixtieth Congresses, holding office from March 4, 1903 to January 5, 19093 He did not seek renomination in 1908, having become a candidate for Governor By resolution of the House of January 20, 1909, the seat was declared to have been vacated on January 6, 1909 for the reason that incumbent had entered upon the duties of the office of Governor of Connecticut the preceding day4

Lilley won the 1908 Republican gubernatorial nomination, and was elected Governor of Connecticut During his short tenure, he increased funding for the public school system and appropriations were budgeted for a statewide movement against tuberculosis He also endorsed governing monopolies and establishing a public service commission, but both issues were defeated by the legislature5


Lilley was Governor of Connecticut from January 6, 1909 until his death on April 21, 1909 in Hartford; he was interred at Riverside Cemetery, Waterbury, Connecticut He was a member of the Union League


  1. ^ "George L Lilley" The Political Graveyard Retrieved 12 December 2012 
  2. ^ "George L Lilley" NNDB Soylent Publications Retrieved 12 December 2012 
  3. ^ "George L Lilley" Govtrack US Congress Retrieved 12 December 2012 
  4. ^ "George L Lilley" Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Retrieved 12 December 2012 
  5. ^ "George L Lilley" National Governors Association Retrieved 12 December 2012 

External linksedit

  • United States Congress "George L Lilley id: L000308" Biographical Directory of the United States Congress 
  • George L Lilley at Find a Grave
  • The Political Graveyard
  • NNDB Soylent Communicationa
  • Govtrack US Congress

US House of Representatives
Preceded by
District established
Member of the US House of Representatives
from Connecticut's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
John Q Tilson
Political offices
Preceded by
Rollin S Woodruff
Governor of Connecticut
Succeeded by
Frank B Weeks

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