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John Harper Trumbull, Governor

Birthdate: (88)
Birthplace: Ashford, CT
Death: May 21, 1961 (88)
Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT
Place of Burial: West Cemetery, Plainville, CT; right alongside Route 177
Immediate Family:

Son of Hugh Homer Trimble and Mary Ann Harper
Husband of Maud Trumbull
Father of Florence Coolidge and Jean Usher Trumbull
Brother of Alexander Hugh Trumbull; Frank Samuels Trumbull; George Rae Trumbull; Henry Trumbull; James Trumbull and 1 other

Occupation: United States politician and the 55th Governor of Connecticut
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About John H. Trumbull, 54th Governor of Connecticut

John Harper Trumbull (March 4, 1873 – May 21, 1961) was an American politician and the 70th Governor of Connecticut.

Early life

John H. Trumbull was born in Ashford, Connecticut. Despite his name, he was not related to the previous governors of Connecticut of the same name, but was the son of Irish immigrants who moved to Ashford in the early 1870s to run a farm. The family later moved to Plainville, Connecticut. He never went to college. As a partner with his brother and one other man, he formed the Trumbull Electric Company, which produced electric appliances and later became part of General Electric. He also took part in other businesses. He joined the First Connecticut Infantry in 1891, finally reaching the rank of colonel in the State Guard.

He married Maud Usher in 1903 and they had two children. Their daughter Florence married John Coolidge, son of President Calvin Coolidge.

Political career

Trumbull was a Republican. Trumbull served in the Conecticut State Senate. He was elected Lieutenant Governor in November 1924 and held that office from January 7 to January 8, 1925, as the Governor Hiram Bingham III resigned after one day as a governor to become a U.S. Senator. Trumbull had learned to pilot his own airplanes and was dubbed "The Flying Governor" because he often flew into Robertson Field Airport in Plainville.

He was a conservative Republican and made sure to balance the State budget. He also sought to assist Connecticut's businesses. During his terms in office, the government started a building programme and worked at improving the roads of the State.

He was re-elected as governor two times, in 1926 and 1928, but chose not to run for reelection in 1930. He left the office on January 7 1931. However, he ran for the office again in 1932, but was defeated by his successor, Democrat incumbent Wilbur Cross.

After his terms as governor, he continued to oversee his business interests.

John H. Trumball was the 54th Governor of the State of Connecticut, serving from 1925 to 1931.

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John H. Trumbull, 54th Governor of Connecticut's Timeline

March 4, 1873
Ashford, CT
Ashford, CT
Age 6
Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Age 6
Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
September 1899
Age 26
Manufacturer - President of Trumbull Electric Manufacturing Company
Age 26
Plainville, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Age 26
Plainville, Hartford, Connecticut
November 30, 1904
Age 31
Plainville, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
May 7, 1910
Age 37