William Pitkin, 31st Colonial Governor of Connecticut

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William Pitkin

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Birthplace: Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony
Death: Died in Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony
Place of Burial: Center Cemetery, East Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States
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Son of William J. Pitkin and Elizabeth Hannah Pitkin
Husband of Mary Pitkin
Father of William Pitkin and Timothy Pitken
Brother of Col. Joseph Pitkin; Thomas Pitkins; Sarah Porter; John Pitkin and Elizabeth Pitkin

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William Pitkin (April 30, 1694 - October 1, 1769) was a colonial governor of the Connecticut Colony. Born to a politically prominent family in Hartford, he was first elected to the colonial assembly in 1728, where he served through 1734, the last two years as speaker of the house. He was also active in the colonial militia, raising troops in East Hartford for an expedition to the Spanish West Indies during the War of Jenkins' Ear in 1740.


In 1735 he was elected county judge, and in 1741 he became a superior court judge, a post he would hold until he was elected governor in 1766. In 1754 he was also elected deputy governor, serving under Thomas Fitch. Fitch's attempts to implement the unpopular Stamp Act may have led to Pitkin's election ahead of Fitch in the 1766 election. Pitkin was opposed to the Stamp Act and other attempts by the British Parliament to tax the colonies.


Pitkin died in East Hartford on October 1, 1769, while serving as governor, and is buried there. He was married, and had five children.

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William Pitkin, 31st Colonial Governor of Connecticut's Timeline

1694
April 30, 1694
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony
1724
May 7, 1724
Age 30
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony
1725
1725
Age 30
1726
1726
Age 31
1769
October 1, 1769
Age 75
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony
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East Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States