William Pitkin (c.1694 - 1769)

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Birthplace: Hartford, , CT
Death: Died in Hartford, , CT
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About William Pitkin



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, Colonial Governor of Connecticut's Timeline

April 30, 1694
Hartford, , CT
May 7, 1724
Age 30
Hartford, CT
Age 30
Age 31
October 1, 1769
Age 75
Hartford, , CT
Center Cemetery East Hartford Hartford County Connecticut