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John Treadwell November 23, 1745 – August 18, 1823 was an American politician and the 21st Governor of Connecticut


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


Treadwell was born in Farmington, Connecticut the only son of Ephraim and Mary Porter Treadwell, on November 23, 1745 He graduated from Yale University in 1767 He then studied law with Judge Titus Hosmer in Middletown, was admitted to the bar and practiced law in Farmington On November 20, 1770, John Treadwell married Dorothy Pomroy, of Northampton, Massachusetts They had four daughters, Dolle 1st, who died at just three years of age; Dolle 2nd; Eunice; and Mary, and two sons, George and John1


Treadwell served as a member of the General Assembly from 1776 to 1783 He was then elevated to the governor's council He held that position until 1783 He was elected to the Confederation Congress in 1784, 1785, and 1787, but did not attend He was a member of Connecticut council of assistants from 1786 to 1798 From 1786 to 1797 he served as Judge of the Court of Common Pleas In 1788 he was a Delegate to the state convention that ratified the US Constitution In 1789 Treadwell became Judge of the Probate Court and the Supreme Court of Errors, serving until 18092 He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 18053

In 1798, Treadwell was elected the Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut, an office he also held until 1809 Jonathan Trumbull, the Governor of Connecticut, died in office on August 7, 1809 Treadwell, lieutenant governor at the time, assumed the governor's office He was elected by popular vote on April 9, 1810, to the governorship During his term, the Hartford Fire Insurance Company was proposed, and the Non-Intercourse Act was reinstated in February 1811, which resulted from Connecticut's opposition to the United States's impending war with Great Britain4

Treadwell left office on May 9, 1811 after an unsuccessful re-election bid In 1814-15 he was a Connecticut delegate to the Hartford Convention He was a member of the 1818 Constitutional Convention and also served on the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions4


Treadwell, a Congregationalist, died in Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut, on August 18, 1823 age 77 years, 268 days He is interred at Farmington Old Cemetery5 He was a founder of the Connecticut Missionary Society, the missionary arm of the Connecticut General Association of Congregational ministers


  1. ^ "John Treadwell" Connecticut State Library Archived from the original on 6 January 2013 Retrieved 11 January 2013 
  2. ^ "John Treadwell" Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Retrieved 11 January 2013 
  3. ^ "Book of Members, 1780–2010: Chapter T" PDF American Academy of Arts and Sciences Retrieved July 28, 2014 
  4. ^ a b "John Treadwell" National Governors Association Retrieved 11 January 2013 
  5. ^ "John Treadwell" The Political Graveyard Retrieved 11 January 2013 

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
  • United States Congress "John Treadwell id: T000359" Biographical Directory of the United States Congress 
  • John Treadwell at Find a Grave

Political offices
Preceded by
Jonathan Trumbull, Jr
Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut
Succeeded by
Roger Griswold
Preceded by
Jonathan Trumbull, Jr
Governor of Connecticut
Succeeded by
Roger Griswold

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