Benjamin Douglas

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Benjamin Douglas (April 3, 1816 – June 26, 1894) was an American politician who was the 30th Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut from 1861 to 1862.[1]


Douglas was born in Northford, Connecticut, on April 3, 1816. His paternal grandfather was an American Revolutionary War soldier, William Douglas. He partnered with his brother William in manufacturing pumps.[2]

Political career[edit]

As an adult, Douglas lived in Middletown, Middlesex County, Connecticut. He was a Republican. He was Mayor of Middletown from 1850 to 1853. He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention from Connecticut in 1856. Later, he was the Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut for a single one year term, from 1861 to 1862, during one of the eight years that William A. Buckingham was governor of Connecticut.[3] Douglas succeeded Julius Catlin as Lieutenant governor and his successor was Roger Averill, both of whom also served when Buckingham was governor.

See also[edit]

  1. ^ Brief Descriptions of Connecticut State Agencies, Lieutenant Governor
  2. ^ Virtual American Biography, William Douglas (blocked link 30 September 2009).
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard, Index to Politicians: Douglas