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Henry B. Harrison

 
Portrait of Former Speaker of the House, Henry B. Harrison (1821-1901)

Speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives 1884

Born in 1821 at New Haven, Connecticut

Graduate of Yale, 1846

Republican

1885-1887 Governor

Died 1901 at New Haven, Connecticut


Harrison's contributions included initiatives on prohibition and antislavery legislation. 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 Bureau of Labor Statistics, and he pushed for compulsory education to the age of 16 for Connecticut's children.

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