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William T. Minor

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William Thomas Minor October 3, 1815 – October 13, 1889 was an American judge and politician from Connecticut He served as the 39th Governor of Connecticut, Consul-General to Havana, Cuba and judge on the Connecticut Superior Court


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


Minor was born in Stamford, Connecticut on October 3, 1815 to Simeon Hinman Minor and Catherine Lockwood Minor1 He studied at Yale University and graduated in 18342 Minor taught school for five years while he studied law under his father, Simeon Minor, a former Connecticut legislator


In 1840, Minor was admitted to the bar and began the practice of law in Stamford3 Minor became a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives in 1841, and served in that position until 1848 He was a judge for the Fairfield County, Connecticut Court He married Mary Catherine Leeds on April 16, 1849, and they had five children4 He became a member of the Connecticut State Senate representing the 12th District in 1854

As candidate of the American Party, Minor was elected Governor of Connecticut in 18555 over Samuel Ingham by the Connecticut General Assembly by a 177 to 70 vote He was re-elected to a second term in 1856 by the Connecticut General Assembly, again over Ingham, by a vote of 135 to 1166 While Governor, Minor was a supporter of lengthening the period of residency before naturalization He also supported the dismissal of six military companies that consisted mostly of Irishmen This step further enraged immigrants Legislation was passed that deprived suffrage to men unable to read the state constitution He supported better schools in Connecticut and held the belief that the schools should be free for all the children in the state He also supported the antislavery measures of the Republicans7 He was not a candidate for the governorship in the election of April 1857, and left office on May 6, 1857

In 1864, Minor was a delegate from Connecticut to the Republican National Convention, which assembled at Baltimore in June of that year He voted with his delegation for Abraham Lincoln for President and Andrew Johnson for Vice-President of the United States In July 1864, Minor was appointed by Lincoln as Consul-General to Havana, Cuba1 Three years later he returned to Connecticut and spent one year as a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives In 1868, he was appointed judge on the Connecticut Superior Court, and served in that position until 1873 when he resigned his judgeship and returned to his private law practice89 He also served on the 1879 commission that reconciled an extended boundary argument with New York10


Minor died on October 13, 1889, in Stamford He is interred at Woodland Cemetery, Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut


  1. ^ a b "Stamford, CT Families 1641-1935" Ancestrycom Retrieved December 3, 2012 
  2. ^ Yale University 1890 https://docsgooglecom/viewera=v&q=cache:X-Xw1mS8HG8J:mssalibraryyaleedu/obituary_record/1859_1924/1889-90pdf+&hl=en&gl=us&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESgCgFrloICfNftVoV4msaID9lbtht9SWcErfisbGFpWJVIL_eHA9moi1yZ327oYy4MgihTkBKIz6lGEHM347HaX7CtNQDdt8UlOjtou4GHC3NZysI2LYw1lxAuXmjn3eyqDltO3&sig=AHIEtbTNSjUFzO5_GeMd6ha9UlBlJ2t-Hg Yale University  External link in |title= help
  3. ^ "Minor, William Thomas 1815-1889" The Political Graveyard Retrieved December 3, 2012 
  4. ^ "William T Minor" Connecticut State Library Retrieved 2 December 2012 
  5. ^ "Yale Officers" Yale University Library Retrieved December 3, 2012 
  6. ^ "William T Minor" The Political Graveyard Retrieved 3 December 2012 
  7. ^ "WILLIAM T MINOR, GOVERNOR OF CONNECTICUT, 1855-1857" Connecticut State Library Retrieved December 3, 2012 
  8. ^ "Stamford's Civil War: At Home and in the Field, a 2003 Exhibit and more" The Stamford Historical Society Retrieved December 3, 2012 
  9. ^ "William T Minor" Connecticut State Library Retrieved 3 December 2012 
  10. ^ "William T Minor" National Governors Association Retrieved 3 December 2012 

Further readingedit

  • Sobel, Robert and John Raimo Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978 Greenwood Press, 1988 ISBN 0-313-28093-2

External linksedit

  • William T Minor at Find a Grave
  • Connecticut State Library
  • Connecticut State Library
  • National Governors Association
  • The Political Graveyard
  • Ancestrycom
Political offices
Preceded by
Henry Dutton
Governor of Connecticut
May 2, 1855–May 6, 1857
Succeeded by
Alexander H Holley
Connecticut Senate
Preceded by
Thomas B Butler
Member of the Connecticut Senate
from Connecticut's 12th Senate district

Succeeded by
Orris S Ferry
Connecticut House of Representatives
Preceded by
Andrew Perry
Member of the Connecticut House of Representatives from Stamford
Succeeded by
Heth Stephens, Samuel Lockwood, Jr

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