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Henry Dutton

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Henry Dutton February 12, 1796 – April 26, 1869 was an American politician and the 38th Governor of Connecticut


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


Dutton was born in Plymouth, Connecticut on February 12, 1796 He studied at Yale University and graduated in 1818 While he tutored at Yale University from 1821 to 1823, he studied law with the Hon Roger Minot Sherman He also was principal at the Fairfield Academy for two years In 1823 he was admitted to the bar1 He married Elizabeth Elliot Joy and they had three daughters and one son


Dutton moved to Newtown, Connecticut in 1823 He served in the Connecticut House of Representatives in 1828, 1834, 1838, 1839, and 1850 He moved to Bridgeport in 1837, and then to New Haven, Connecticut in 1847 to accept the appointment to become Kent Professor of Law at Yale, a position he held until his death He was also a member of the Connecticut Senate in 1849 He served as President pro tempore of the Connecticut Senate He was the unsuccessful candidate for governor in 1853 of the Whig Party

Dutton was elected Governor of Connecticut in 1854 becoming the last Whig to hold that office2 although finishing in second place to Democrat Samuel Ingham in the April popular vote; because no candidate received a majority Dutton was elected by a vote of 140 to 93 in the Connecticut General Court legislature During his term, the Kansas-Nebraska Bill became law in May 1854, and a prohibition law was also enacted

In 1855, Dutton ran unsuccessfully for re-election and finished in third place behind both Ingham and the victor William T Minor He left office on May 2, 1855After completing his term, he served on the bench of the Superior Court and the Supreme Court of Errors from 1861 to 18663


Dutton died on April 26, 1869, and is interred at the Grove Street Cemetery, New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut


  1. ^ Henry Dutton The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography Retrieved 2 December 2012 
  2. ^ "Henry Dutton" National Governors Association Retrieved 1 December 2012 
  3. ^ "Henry Dutton" National Governors Association Retrieved 2 December 2012 

External linksedit

  • Sobel, Robert and John Raimo Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978 Greenwood Press, 1988 ISBN 0-313-28093-2
  • National Governors Association
  • The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography
  • Henry Dutton at Find a Grave

Political offices
Preceded by
Charles H Pond
Governor of Connecticut
Succeeded by
William T Minor

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