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Lounsbury Elected Governor – Today in History: January 4

George E. Lounsbury was Governor of Connecticut from 1899-1901 - Museum of Connecticut History, Connecticut State Library

George E. Lounsbury was Governor of Connecticut from 1899-1901 – Museum of Connecticut History, Connecticut State Library

On January 4th 1899, George Edward Lounsbury was elected the 58th Governor of Connecticut, for which he served roughly three years. Lounsbury was born in Poundridge New York on May 7, 1838. Shortly after his birth, the family moved to Ridgefield, Connecticut. George attended local schools in the area and was considered a bright and intelligent person. He attended Yale in 1863 and he graduated with honors. He also attended Berkeley Divinity School and became a deacon in the Episcopalian Church, but throat problems forced him to retire early. He remained a member of the church till his death.

Lounsbury was a Republican state senator before his 1899 election. In a 1904 article the Hartford Courant described his administration as one “marked by conservatism, and a sturdy integrity for the discharge of duty.” Lounsbury served the state until 1901 and passed away on August 6, 1904.

Christopher Frank lives in Northford Connecticut, graduated from North Branford High School in 2009, Holy Apostles College and Seminary in 2013 with a bachelor of arts in the Social Sciences, is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in history at Central Connecticut State University, his major interest in history is the Napoleonic Era and he is a major fan of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.

This Today in History was published as part of a semester-long graduate student project at Central Connecticut State University that examined Civil War monuments and their histories in and around the State Capitol in Hartford, Connecticut.

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