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John N. Dempsey

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John Noel Dempsey January 3, 1915 – July 16, 1989, was an American politician, born in Ireland, who was the 81st Governor of Connecticut He was a Democrat, and began his political career at the age of 21 serving on the Putnam City Council He later served as mayor of Putnam, before being elected to Governor of Connecticut

Contents

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

Biographyedit

Dempsey was born in Cahir, County Tipperary, Ireland He was the only son of a career British Army officer In 1925, the family moved to Putnam, Connecticut, in the northeastern corner of the state He worked there in the textile industry and then in the Town Hall, which made the start for his rise in state politics While living in Putnam, Dempsey was the Soccer Coach at the Pomfret School in Pomfret He was married to Mary Frey and they had three sons and a daughter

Political careeredit

In 1936, at the age of 21, Dempsey was elected to the Putnam City Council, and in 1948, he began the first of six terms as mayor He was elected to the Connecticut House of Representatives in 1949, but managed to divide his time between state and local affairs He served in the General Assembly until 1955, when he became executive secretary of governor Abraham A Ribicoff

Dempsey was the 74th Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut during Ribicoff's last term as governor, from 1959 – 1961 When Ribicoff resigned as Governor of Connecticut to become a member of President John F Kennedy's Cabinet, Dempsey succeeded him, becoming the first person to hold this position since the early colonial period who had been born in Europe He also began a 30-year period in which the former Puritan colony had only Catholic governors in office1 In 1969, leaders of both parties introduced the Legislative Management Act to establish support staff and control the operating budget of the Assembly Both houses voted unanimously to override his veto He was an ally of party chairman John M Bailey He chose not to run for re-election in 1970 and was succeeded by Republican Thomas J Meskill During his tenure, he served on the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, the National Governors Association Executive Committee from 1968 to 1969; also chaired the New England Governors Association from 1963 to 1965 and the Democratic Governors Association from 1969 to 19702 After leaving office, Dempsey became the President of the Indian Trails Council of the Boy Scouts of Americacitation needed

Death and legacyedit

The University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, Connecticut is known as John Dempsey Hospital He was treated for lung cancer there himself in the last month of his life3 He died in his home, on July 16, 1989 at Killingly Center, Windham County, Connecticut He is interred at Saint Mary Cemetery, Putnam, Windham County, Connecticut

Referencesedit

  1. ^ "John N Dempsey" Connecticut State Library Retrieved 10 December 2017 
  2. ^ "John N Dempsey" National Governors Association Retrieved 21 December 2012 
  3. ^ "John N Dempsey" The New York Times Retrieved 21 December 2012 

External linksedit

  • Biography portal
  • New York Times: Former Gov John Dempsey, 74; Led Connecticut During the 60's
  • John N Dempsey at Find a Grave
  • Connecticut State Library
  • National Governors Association
Political offices
Preceded by
Charles Jewett
Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut
1959–1961
Succeeded by
Anthony J Armentano
Preceded by
Abraham A Ribicoff
Governor of Connecticut
1961–1971
Succeeded by
Thomas Meskill
Party political offices
Preceded by
Abraham A Ribicoff
Democratic nominee for Governor of Connecticut
1962, 1966
Succeeded by
Emilio Q Daddario
Preceded by
Robert Evander McNair
Chair of the Democratic Governors Association
1969–1970
Succeeded by
Robert W Scott

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