FORMER SPEAKERS OF THE
CONNECTICUT HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

FORMER HOUSE SPEAKERS


SPEAKERS' PARTY AFFILIATIONS:

A=American D=Democrat F=Federalist O=Other R=Republican U=Union W=Whig

SPEAKER
  PARTY AFFILIATION | TOWN
  PARTY | TOWN
TERMS OF SERVICE
TERMS
FROM 1971 TO PRESENT DAY, THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETS ANNUALLY
BRENDAN SHARKEY
D | Hamden 2013, 2015
CHRISTOPHER G. DONOVAN
D | Meriden 2009, 2011
JAMES A. AMANN
D | Milford 2005, 2007
MOIRA K. LYONS
D | Stamford 1999, 2001, 2003
THOMAS D. RITTER
D | Hartford 1993, 1995, 1997
RICHARD J. BALDUCCI
D | Newington 1989, 1991
IRVING J. STOLBERG
D | New Haven 1983, 1987
R.E. VAN NORSTRAND
R | Darien 1985
IRVING J. STOLBERG
D | New Haven 1983, 1987
ERNEST N. ABATE
D | Stamford 1979, 1981
JAMES J. KENNELLY
D | Hartford 1975, 1977
FRANCIS J. COLLINS
R | Brookfield Center 1973
FROM 1887 TO 1971, THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY MET BIENNIALLY
WILLIAM R. RATCHFORD
D | Danbury 1969, 1971
ROBERT J. TESTO
D | Bridgeport 1967
J. TYLER PATTERSON, JR.
R | Old Lyme 1963, 1965
ANTHONY E. WALLACE
R | Simsbury 1961
WILLIAM J. O'BRIEN, JR.
D | Portland 1959
NELSON C. L. BROWN, II
R | Groton 1957
W. SHEFFIELD COWLES, JR.
R | Farmington 1955
ARTHUR E. B. TANNER
R | Woodbury 1953
MANSFIELD D. SPRAGUE
R | New Canaan 1951
JOHN R. THIM
R | Hamden 1949
FREDERICK H. HOLBROOK
R | Madison 1947
E. LEA MARSH, JR.
R | Old Lyme 1945
HAROLD E. MITCHELL
R | West Hartford 1943
HUGH MEADE ALCORN, JR.
R | Suffield 1941
WALTER HOWE
R | Litchfield 1939
J. MORTIMER BELL
R | Salisbury 1937
WILLIAM HANNA
R | Bethel 1933, 1935
HOWARD W. ALCORN
R | Suffield 1931
SAMUEL A. EDDY
R | North Canaan 1929
JOHN H. HILL
R | Shelton 1927
ELBERT L. DARBIE
R | Killingly 1925
LEONARD J. NICKERSON
R | Cornwall 1923
FREDERICK W. HUXFORD
R | Stamford 1921
JAMES F. WALSH
R | Greenwich 1919
FRANK E. HEALY
R | Windsor Locks 1915, 1917
MORRIS C. WEBSTER
R | Harwinton 1913
FREDERICK A. SCOTT
R | Plymouth 1911
ELMORE S. BANKS
R | Fairfield 1909
JOHN Q. TILSON
R | New Haven 1907
MARCUS H. HOLCOMB
R | Southington 1905
MICHAEL KENEALY
R | Stamford 1903
JOHN H. LIGHT
R | Norwalk 1901
FRANK B. BRANDEGEE
R | New London 1899
JOSEPH L. BARBOUR
R | Hartford 1897
SAMUEL FESSENDEN
R | Stamford 1895
ISAAC W. BROOKS
R | Torrington 1893
ALLAN W. PAIGE
R | Huntington 1891
JOHN H. PERRY
R | Fairfield 1889
HEUSTED W. R. HOYT
R | Greenwich 1887
FROM 1818 TO 1886, THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY MET ANNUALLY
JOHN A. TIBBITS
R | New London 1886
WILLIAM E. SIMONDS
R | Canton 1885
HENRY B. HARRISON
R | New Haven 1884
CHARLES H. PINE
R | Derby 1883
JOHN M. HALL
R | Windham 1882
WILLIAM C. CASE
R | Granby 1881
DWIGHT MARCY
R | Vernon 1880
DEXTER R. WRIGHT
R | New Haven 1879
CHARLES H. BRISCOE
R | Enfield 1878
H. LYNDE HARRISON
R | Guilford 1877
THOMAS M. WALLER
D | New London 1876
CHARLES DURAND
R | Derby 1875
TILTON E. DOOLITTLE
D | New Haven 1874
WILLIAM W. EATON
D | Hartford 1853, 1873
AMOS S. TREAT
R | Woodbridge 1872
EDWIN H. BUGBEE
R | Killingly 1871
ALFRED A. BURNHAM
R | Windham 1858, 1870
LAFAYETTE S. FOSTER [ 5 ]
U | Norwich 1847-1848, 1854, 1870
ORVILLE H. PLATT
R | Meriden 1869
CHARLES IVES
R | East Haven 1868
JOHN T. WAIT
U | Norwich 1867
DAVID GALLUP
U | Plainfield 1866
ELEAZER K. FOSTER
R | New Haven 1865
JOHN S. RICE
U | Farmington 1864
CHAUNCEY F. CLEVELAND
D | Hampton 1835-1836, 1863
JOSIAH M. CARTER
R | Norwalk 1862
HENRY C. DEMING
D | Hartford 1861
AUGUSTUS BRANDEGEE [ 4 ]
R | New London 1861
OLIVER HENRY PERRY
R | Fairfield 1859-1860
ALFRED A. BURNHAM
R | Windham 1858, 1870
ELIPHALET A. BULKELEY
D | Hartford 1857
GREEN KENDRICK
W | Waterbury 1854, 1856
AUSTIN BALDWIN
A, Middletown 1855
GREEN KENDRICK
W | Waterbury 1854, 1856
LAFAYETTE S. FOSTER [ 3 ]
W | Norwich 1847-1848, 1854, 1870
WILLIAM W. EATON
D | Hartford 1853, 1873
CHARLES B. PHELPS
D | Woodbury 1852
SAMUEL INGHAM [ 2 ]
D | Saybrook 1833, 1835, 1851
ORIGEN S. SEYMOUR
D | Litchfield 1850
JOHN C. LEWIS
F | Plymouth 1849
LAFAYETTE S. FOSTER
W | Norwich 1847-1848, 1854, 1870
CYRUS H. BEARDSLEE
D | Monroe 1846
WILLIAM W. BOARDMAN
W | New Haven 1836, 1839, 1845
CHARLES J. McCURDY
O | Lyme 1840-1841, 1844
NOYES BILLINGS
O | New London 1843
STILLMAN K. WIGHTMAN
O | Middletown 1837, 1842
CHARLES J. McCURDY
O | Lyme 1840-1841, 1844
WILLIAM W. BOARDMAN
W | New Haven 1836, 1839, 1845
CHAUNCEY F. CLEVELAND
D | Hampton 1835-1836, 1863
STILLMAN K. WIGHTMAN
O | Middletown 1837, 1842
SAMUEL INGHAM [ 2 ]
D | Saybrook 1833, 1835, 1851
CHAUNCEY F. CLEVELAND
D | Hampton 1835-1836, 1863
WILLIAM L. STORRS
W | Middletown 1834
ROGER HUNTINGTON [ 1 ]
O | Norwich 1834
SAMUEL INGHAM [ 2 ]
D | Saybrook 1833, 1835, 1851
MARTIN WELLES
O | Wethersfield 1831-1832
HENRY W. EDWARDS
D | New Haven 1830
ELISHA PHELPS
R | Simsbury 1821, 1829
EBENEZER YOUNG
O | Killingly 1827-1828
SAMUEL A. FOOT
W | Cheshire 1825-1826
RALPH I. INGERSOLL
O | New Haven 1824
SETH P. BEERS
O | Litchfield 1822-1823
ELISHA PHELPS
O | Simsbury 1821, 1829
DAVID PLANT
O | Stratford 1819-1820
GIDEON TOMLINSON
O | Fairfield 1818
FROM 1636 TO 1817, THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY MET TWICE ANNUALLY
WILLIAM BRISTOL
O | New Haven Oct 1817
CHARLES DENISON
O | New Haven Oct 1815 May 1816 Oct 1816 May 1817
SYLVANUS BACKUS
F | Pomfret May 1811 Oct 1811 May 1812 Oct 1812 May 1813 Oct 1813 May 1814 Oct 1814
LYMAN LAW
F | New London May 1806 Oct 1806 May 1809 Oct 1809 May 1810 Oct 1810
TIMOTHY PITKIN
F | Farmington May 1803 Oct 1803 May 1804 Oct 1804 May 1805 Oct 1805
JOHN CHESTER, III
O | Wethersfield Oct 1785 May 1786 Oct 1786 May 1787 Oct 1787 Oct 1801 May 1802
CALVIN GODDARD
F | Plainfield Oct 1800 May 1801 May 1807
JOHN COTTON SMITH
F | Sharon May 1800 Oct 1807 May 1808 Oct 1808
ELIZUR GOODRICH
F | New Haven May 1799 Oct 1802
ELIAS PERKINS
F | New London Oct 1798 Oct 1799 May 1815
ZEPHANIAH SWIFT
F | Windham Oct 1797 May 1798
WILLIAM EDMOND
F | Newtown May 1797
DAVID DAGGETT
F | New Haven May 1794 Oct 1794 May 1795 Oct 1795 May 1796 Oct 1795
JOSHUA COIT
F | New London Oct 1793
URIAH TRACY
F | Litchfield May 1793
THOMAS SEYMOUR, III
O | Hartford Oct 1790 May 1791 May 1792 Oct 1792
PIERPONT EDWARDS
O | New Haven May 1789 Oct 1789 May 1790
JONATHAN TRUMBULL, JR.
O | Lebanon May 1788 Oct 1788
JOHN CHESTER, III
O | Wethersfield Oct 1785 May 1786 Oct 1786 May 1787 Oct 1787 Oct 1801 May 1802
JAMES WADSWORTH, III
O | Durham Oct 1784 May 1785
ELIPHALET DYER
O | Windham May 1784
ANDREW ADAMS
O | Litchfield May 1779 Oct 1779 May 1780 Oct 1780
BENJAMIN HUNTINGTON
O | Norwich May 1778 Oct 1778
TITUS HOSMER
O | Middletown Oct 1776 May 1777 Oct 1777
ERASTUS WOLCOTT
O | East Windsor May 1776
WILLIAM WILLIAMS
O | Lebanon Oct 1774 May 1775 Oct 1775 May 1781 Oct 1781 May 1782 Oct 1782 May 1783 Oct 1783
EBENEZER SILLIMAN
O | Fairfield Oct 1736 May 1737 Oct 1737 May 1738 Oct 1738 May 1773 Oct 1773 May 1774
JABEZ HAMLIN
O | Middletown May 1770 Oct 1770 May 1771 Oct 1771 May 1772 Oct 1772
ZEBULON WEST
O | Tolland May 1766 Oct 1766 May 1767 Oct 1767 May 1768 Oct 1768 May 1769 Oct 1769
ABRAHAM DAVENPORT
O | Stamford May 1764 Oct 1764 May 1765 Oct 1765
JABEZ HUNTINGTON
O | Norwich May 1760 Oct 1760 May 1761 Oct 1761 May 1762 Oct 1762 May 1763 Oct 1763
JOSEPH FOWLER
O | Lebanon May 1756 Oct 1756
SHUBAEL CONANT
O | Mansfield Oct 1753 Oct 1754 May 1755 Oct 1755 May 1757 Oct 1757 May 1758 Oct 1758 May 1759 Oct 1759
JONATHAN HUNTINGTON
O | Windham Oct 1752
JOHN RUSSELL
O | E. Haven, Branford Oct 1751
CHRISTOPHER AVERY
O | Groton May 1751
THOMAS WELLES
O | Glastonbury Oct 1746 May 1747 Oct 1747 May 1748 Oct 1747 May 1749 Oct 1749 May 1750 Oct 1750
ANDREW BURR
O | Fairfield Oct 1741 May 1742 Oct 1742 May 1743 Oct 1743 May 1744 Oct 1744 Oct 1745
ELISHA WILLIAMS
O | Wethersfield May 1740 Oct 1740 May 1741 May 1753
JONATHAN TRUMBULL, Sr.
O | Lebanon May 1739 Oct 1739 May 1752 May 1754
EBENEZER SILLIMAN
O | Fairfield Oct 1736 May 1737 Oct 1737 May 1738 Oct 1738 May 1773 Oct 1773 May 1774
SAMUEL HILL
O | Guilford May 1736 May 1745 May 1746
WILLIAM PITKIN, III
O | East Hartford May 1732 Oct 1732 May 1733
ROGER NEWTON
O | Milford May 1728 May 1730 Oct 1730 May 1731 Oct 1731 Oct 1733 May 1734 Oct 1734 May 1735 Oct 1735
THOMAS KIMBERLY
O | Glastonbury Oct 1726 May 1727 Oct 1727 Oct 1728 May 1729 Oct 1729
JAMES ROGERS
O | New London Oct 1724 May 1725 Oct 1727 Oct 1728 May 1729 Oct 1729
JOHN BURR
O | Fairfield Oct 1723 May 1724
WILLIAM CLARK
O | Lebanon May 1723
HEZEKIAH BRAINERD
O | West Haddam May 1721 Oct 1721 May 1722 Oct 1722
ROGER WOLCOTT
O | Windsor Oct 1719
JAMES WADSWORTH, I
O | Durham Oct 1717
JONATHAN LAW, Jr.
O | Milford May 1716 Oct 1718
WILLIAM WHITING
O | Hartford Oct 1714
JOHN HOOKER
O | Farmington Oct 1713 May 1714 Oct 1715 May 1718 Oct 1718 Oct 1720
RICHARD BUSHNELL
O | Norwich May 1713 May 1715 May 1717 May 1719 May 1720
JOHN SHERMAN
O | Woodbury May 1711 Oct 1711 May 1712 Oct 1712
JOSEPH TALCOTT
O | Hartford Oct 1710
SAMUEL EELLS, II
O | Milford Oct 1706 Oct 1707 May 1708
JOHN ELIOT
O | Windsor May 1702 May 1703 Oct 1703 May 1704 May 1705 Oct 1708 May 1709
PETER BURR
O | Fairfield May 1701 Oct 1701
THOMAS HART
O | Farmington May 1700 Oct 1704 Oct 1705 May 1706 Oct 1709
JOHN CHESTER, II
O | Wethersfield May 1699 Oct 1699 Oct 1700

 Party and Town listed at time of election.

  1. R. Huntington resigned May 24, 1834, having been appointed Comptroller. William L. Storrs was appointed to fill the vacancy.
  2. S. Ingham resigned May 15, 1835. Chauncey F. Cleveland was chosen to fill the vacancy.
  3. L.S. Foster resigned June 8, 1854, having been elected U.S. Senator. Green Kendrick was chosen to fill the vacancy.
  4. A. Brandegee: at a special session held Oct. 9, 1861, Mr. Brandegee was detained from the House by illness. Henry C. Deming was chosen to fill the vacancy.
  5. L.S. Foster resigned June 16, 1870, having been chosen Judge of Supreme Court of Errors. Alfred A. Burnham of Windham was chosen to fill the vacancy.
BACKGROUND HISTORY OF THE LEGISLATURE
1636 to 1817

Connecticut was originally a colony of England that was organized in 1636, and was separate from the New Haven Colony. The New Haven Colony was absorbed into the Connecticut Colony in 1665. The assemblage of the Upper and Lower Houses was referred to as the General Court until 1662, when the Charter of 1662 renamed it the General Assembly. For the Lower House, there were town representatives referred to as Deputies. For the Upper House there were first six Magistrates and later 12 Assistants (collectively referred to as the "Governor's Council of Assistants"). From 1699 until the adoption of the Constitution of 1818, the legislators assembled twice a year, in May and October. The May sessions were held at the Hartford State House and the October sessions were held at the New Haven State House. The General Assembly elected a Speaker of the Lower House each time they met. During this period each legislative session usually adjourned after no more than several weeks. The Connecticut Colony was admitted to statehood by the Confederation Congress in 1788.

NOTES: Dates of birth and baptism records are sometimes a year apart. Sr. and Jr. did not apply only to a father and son of the same name, but also to an elder and younger person of the same name (such as a nephew or cousin). Also, it was common for names to be spelled differently or inconsistently. There will be noticed discrepancies between dates of events, depending upon source of the reference materials.
1818 to 1886

With the adoption of the Constitution of 1818, the General Assembly met annually; between 1818 and 1875, sessions began in May and from 1876 until 1886, sessions began in January. There was no constitutionally mandated adjournment date during the entire period. During this time, a speaker of the House was elected to preside over each session. The meeting of the General Assembly continued to rotate between the New Haven and Hartford state houses until 1875, when Hartford effectively became the sole capital for Connecticut.

1887 to 1970

In an amendment to the Constitution of 1818, Article XXVII (adopted Oct. 1884) changed the schedule for convening the legislature. Rather than conducting annual sessions, the Assembly met biennially, and continued to do so for a while under the Constitution of 1965. Those biennial sessions began in the January session after members were elected. There was no mandatory adjournment date until Article XXXV of the Amendments to the Constitution of 1818, adopted in 1912, which required adjournment by the beginning of June. During this period, no speaker was elected more than twice.

1971 to Present

Article III of the Amendments to the State Constitution established the current arrangement under which the General Assembly meets from January until June in odd-numbered years and from February until May in the even-numbered years. There are no term limits for speakers or representatives.

RESOURCES

Biographical information compiled from multiple sources including, but not limited to:



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