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Henry Baldwin Harrison

Henry Baldwin Harrison September 11, 1821 – October 29, 1901 was a Republican politician and the 52nd Governor of Connecticut


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


Harrison was born in New Haven, Connecticut He graduated from Yale College as valedictorian in 1846,1 where he was a member of Skull and Bones,2 and studied at Yale Law School3 He was a member of Connecticut Sons of the American Revolution He married Mary Elizabeth Osborne the daughter of Yale Law School professor and US Representative Thomas Burr Osborne and Ann Sherwood


Harrison ran for office as a Whig, and in 1854, he won a seat in the Connecticut Senate 4th District Active in the Whig Party, and author of the Personal Liberty Bill, he was instrumental in bringing about the nullification of the Fugitive Slave Law During the years from 1855 to 1856, he was one of the men who organized the Republican Party in Connecticut1 He lost a bid for Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut in 1857, and in 1874, but he returned to the Connecticut House of Representatives in 1865, 1873, and 1883; during his last term, he was Speaker of the House4

From 1885-1887, Harrison served as Governor of Connecticut His contributions included initiatives on prohibition and abolition of slavery Issues of great concern to him were education and workers' rights He served in the Legislature at the time of the Industrial Revolution and witnessed the growing problems caused by industrialization As Governor, he created the state Bureau of Labor Statistics, and he pushed for compulsory education to the age of 16 for Connecticut's children4

Death and legacyedit

Harrison died in New Haven on October 29, 1901 and is interred at Grove Street Cemetery in New Haven Harrison gave a moving eulogy at the funeral of his cousin, also a Governor of the State of Connecticut, Roger Sherman Baldwin Harrison said, "It has been well said that Governor Baldwin was a great lawyer He was an upright, a just, a conscientious and honorable man Governor Baldwin was a true son of Connecticut His memory deserves all honors from Connecticut, and from every one of her children"


  1. ^ a b Henry Baldwin Harrison The governors of Connecticut: biographies of the chief executives Retrieved 7 December 2012 
  2. ^ Millegan, Kris 2003 "The Skeleton Crew" Fleshing Out Skull and Bones: Investigations into America's Most Powerful Secret Society Walterville, OR: Trine Day pp 597–690 ISBN 0-9720207-2-1  "This list is compiled from material from the Order of Skull and Bones membership books at Sterling Library, Yale University and other public records The latest books available are the 1971 Living members and the 1973 Deceased Members books The last year the members were published in the Yale Banner is 1969"
  3. ^ "Henry Baldwin Harrison" Dictionary of American Biography New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1936 Gale Biography In Context Web 13 Apr 2011
  4. ^ a b "Henry Baldwin Harrison" National Governors Association Retrieved 7 December 2012 

External linksedit

  • Connecticut Sons of the American Revolution, 1892-1903 Yearbooks
  • Harrison at Political Graveyard
  • National Governors Association
  • The governors of Connecticut: biographies of the chief executives
  • Henry Baldwin Harrison at Find a Grave

Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas M Waller
Governor of Connecticut
Succeeded by
Phineas C Lounsbury

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