John H. Light

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John Henry Light
Connecticut Attorney General
In office
September 15, 1910 – 1915
Governor Frank B. Weeks
Preceded by Marcus H. Holcomb
Succeeded by George E. Hinman
Speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives
In office
1901–1902
Member of the Connecticut House of Representatives from Norwalk
In office
1899–1903
Preceded by Russell Frost,
Belden Hurlbutt
Succeeded by Wallace Dann,
Jeremiah Donovan
Personal details
Born (1855-03-27)March 27, 1855
Carmel, New York
Political party Republican
Residence New Canaan, Connecticut
South Norwalk, Connecticut
Alma mater Chamberlain Institute and Female College
Occupation teacher, lawyer
Religion Congregationalist

John Henry Light (born March 27, 1855) was a Republican Attorney General for the state of Connecticut and Speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives.

Early life[edit]

Light was born in Carmel, New York in 1855, to Belden Light and Ann (Keenan) Light. He moved with his parents to New Canaan, Connecticut at a young age, and his first job was at a tannery, where he earned money to fund his education. He married Ida M. Lockwood on August 3, 1881.

Light graduated from Chamberlain Institute and Female College in New York (an early coeducational institution). Light was a schoolteacher while being instructed in the law. He passed the Connecticut bar examination in 1883 and commenced a practice in Light settled in South Norwalk, Connecticut, now part of Norwalk.

Political career[edit]

He served as Fairfield County Treasurer from 1899 to 1906. He also served for two terms in the Connecticut House of Representatives, from 1899 and 1901, serving as speaker in 1901. Light served as a Connecticut common pleas court judge from 1901 to 1905.

On September 15, 1910, Governor Frank B. Weeks appointed him Connecticut Attorney General to fill the unexpired term of Marcus H. Holcomb. Elected to a four-year term in November 1910, he served as Attorney General until 1915.

Light was a Congregationalist. He was a Freemason and a member of the Knights Templar, Shriners, and Odd Fellows. Light was also a student of the classics noted for his extensive private library.

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Preceded by
Russell Frost
Belden Hurlbutt
Member of the Connecticut House of Representatives from Norwalk
1899 – 1903
Succeeded by
Wallace Dann
Jeremiah Donovan
Preceded by
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Speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives
1901 – 1902
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Marcus H. Holcomb
Connecticut Attorney General
1910 – 1915
Succeeded by
George E. Hinman