Julius Hotchkiss

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Julius Hotchkiss

Julius Hotchkiss (July 11, 1810 - December 23, 1878) was a United States Representative from Connecticut. He was born in Waterbury, Connecticut, the son of Woodward and Polly (Castle) Hotchkiss, Prospect farmers.[1] At seventeen, he taught in Prospect schools. He later moved to Waterbury and ran a store and a factory that made cotton webbing and suspenders.[1]

Personal life[edit]

In 1832[chronology citation needed], he married Melissa Perkins (of Oxford) with whom he had five children and were members of The New Church.[1]

Public office[edit]

Hotchkiss was nominated by both parties to be the first Mayor of Waterbury in 1853 when it was incorporated, shifting to the Democratic Party when the Whigs had dissolved.[1] In 1851 and 1858, he served as a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives. He was elected as a Democrat to the Fortieth Congress (March 4, 1867 – March 3, 1869). After leaving Congress, he was the 35th Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut in 1870. He died in Middletown in 1878 and was buried in Pine Grove Cemetery.


  1. ^ a b c d John R. Guevin. View from the Top - the story of Prospect, Connecticut, 1995, Biographical Publishing Company, ISBN 0-9637240-3-7, pages 265-266