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Francis Gillett

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Bloomfield, Connecticut, United States
Death: Died in Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Place of Burial: Farmington, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Rev. Ashbel Gillett and Achsah Francis
Husband of Elizabeth Daggett Gillette
Father of Edward H. Gillette; Robert Hooker Gillett; William Gillette; Frank Ashbel Gillett; Elizabeth G. Warner and 1 other
Brother of Ashbel Gillett; Abigail Gillett and Sarah Hotchkiss

Occupation: farmer/ Ct. Rep.1832-1836 &1838/ chairman of board of education 1849-1865/ lecturer
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About Francis Gillette, U.S. Senator

Source: Record added: Oct 11, 2002 Find A Grave Memorial# 6845744

US Senator. Elected as a Senator from Connecticut to the United States Senate, serving from 1854 to 1855. His wife was: Eliza Daggett Hooker. They married on Sept. 10, 1834.

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Per Wikipedia Bography:

Francis Gillette (December 14, 1807 – September 30, 1879) was a politician from Connecticut, USA. He was the father of actor and playwright William Gillette and politician and editor Edward H. Gillette.

Born in Old Windsor, Connecticut (today part of the town of Bloomfield), Gillette moved with his parents to Ashfield, Massachusetts as a child. He graduated from Yale College in 1829 and commenced the study of law, but his health becoming impaired he instead engaged in agricultural pursuits in Bloomfield. He was a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives in 1832, 1836 and 1838 and was an unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Connecticut in 1841, losing to Chauncey F. Cleveland, and several times subsequently. Gillette served as chairman of the Connecticut Board of Education from 1849 to 1865 and moved to Hartford, Connecticut in 1852. He was elected a Free Soiler to the United States Senate in 1854 to fill a vacancy and served until the end of the term in 1855, not being a candidate for reelection. Afterwards, Gillette became a lecturer on agriculture and temperance and was a trustee of the Connecticut State Normal School, also serving as its president for many years. He aided in the formation of the Republican Party in Connecticut and for several years was a silent partner in the Evening Press, the organ of the party. He engaged in the real estate business in Hartford, Connecticut until his death there on September 30, 1879. He was interred in Riverside Cemetery in Farmington, Connecticut.

The Francis Gillette House in Bloomfield, Connecticut, his home in early years of his antislavery involvement, is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places

Link:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Gillette'''

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GILLETTE, Francis, (father of Edward Hooker Gillette), a Senator from Connecticut; born in that portion of Old Windsor now included in the town of Bloomfield, Hartford County, Conn., December 14, 1807; moved with his parents to Ashfield, Mass.; graduated from Yale College in 1829; commenced the study of law, but his health becoming impaired he engaged in agricultural pursuits in Bloomfield; member, State house of representatives 1832, 1836, 1838; unsuccessful candidate for Governor in 1841 and several times subsequently; chairman of the board of education of Connecticut 1849-1865; moved to Hartford in 1852; elected as a Free Soil candidate to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Truman Smith and served from May 24, 1854, to March 3, 1855; was not a candidate for reelection in 1854; lecturer on agriculture and temperance; trustee of the State normal school and served as its president for many years; aided in the formation of the Republican Party in Connecticut and for several years was a silent partner in the Evening Press, the organ of that party; engaged in the real estate business in Hartford, Conn.; died in Hartford, Conn., on September 30, 1879; interment in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington, Conn.

Bibliography Dictionary of American Biography; Gillette, Francis. A Review of the Rev. Horace Bushnell’s Discourse on the Slavery Question. Hartford: S.S. Cowles, 1839.

Link:http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=G000204

Link:http://www.ct.gov/sots/cwp/view.asp?a=3188&q=392312

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Note: The town of Gillett, Ark. is named after Francis Gillett:

Instead the post office and the eventually the town came to be named Gillett after Francis Gillett of New York City, a underwriter for the railroad who visited the town in 1892.

Link:http://local.arkansas.gov/local.php?agency=Gillett

Info compiled by D. Glenn


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Gillette

Francis Gillette (December 14, 1807 – September 30, 1879) was a politician from Connecticut, USA. He was the father of playwright William Gillette and politician and editor Edward H. Gillette.

Born in Old Windsor, Connecticut (today part of the town of Bloomfield), Gillette moved with his parents to Ashfield, Massachusetts as a child. He graduated from Yale College in 1829 and commenced the study of law, but his health becoming impaired he instead engaged in agricultural pursuits in Bloomfield. He was a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives in 1832, 1836 and 1838 and was an unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Connecticut in 1841, losing to Chauncey F. Cleveland, and several times subsequently. Gillette served as chairman of the Connecticut Board of Education from 1849 to 1865 and moved to Hartford, Connecticut in 1852. He was elected a Free Soiler to the United States Senate in 1854 to fill a vacancy and served until the end of the term in 1855, not being a candidate for reelection. Afterwards, Gillette became a lecturer on agriculture and temperance and was a trustee of the Connecticut State Normal School, also serving as its president for many years. He aided in the formation of the Republican Party in Connecticut and for several years was a silent partner in the Evening Press, the organ of the party. He engaged in the real estate business in Hartford, Connecticut until his death there on September 30, 1879. He was interred in Riverside Cemetery in Farmington, Connecticut.

The Francis Gillette House in Bloomfield, Connecticut, his home in early years of his antislavery involvement, is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

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Francis Gillette, U.S. Senator's Timeline

1807
December 14, 1807
Bloomfield, Connecticut, United States
1816
May 17, 1816
Age 8
Bloomfield, Connecticut, United States
1836
December 7, 1836
Age 28
1840
October 1, 1840
Age 32
Bloomfield, Connecticut, United States
1842
August 1, 1842
Age 34
August 1, 1842
Age 34
Bloomfield, Connecticut, United States
1853
July 24, 1853
Age 45
1879
September 30, 1879
Age 71
Hartford, Connecticut, United States
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