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William Alfred BUCKINGHAM

(1804-1875)
Senate Years of Service:
1869-1875
Party:
Republican

BUCKINGHAM, William Alfred, a Senator from Connecticut; born in Lebanon, Conn., May 28, 1804; attended the common schools and Bacon Academy, Colchester, Conn.; engaged in mercantile pursuits and in manufacturing; mayor of Norwich, Conn. 1849-1850, 1856-1857; Governor of Connecticut 1858-1866; resumed his former business pursuits; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1869, until his death in Norwich, Conn., February 5, 1875; chairman, Committee on Engrossed Bills (Forty-first and Forty-second Congresses), Committee on Investigation and Retrenchment (Forty-second Congress), Committee on Indian Affairs (Forty-third Congress); interment in Yantic Cemetery, Norwich, Conn.

Bibliography

American National Biography; Dictionary of American Biography; Buckingham, Samuel G. The Life of William A. Buckingham. Springfield: W.F. Adams Co., 1894; U.S. Congress. Memorial Addresses. 43rd Cong., 2nd sess., 1874-1875. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1875.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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