R. Jay Walsh

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Robert Jay Walsh
Robert Jay Walsh.jpg
39th Secretary of the State of Connecticut
In office
Preceded by Leverett M. Hubbard
Succeeded by John J. Phelan
Member of the Connecticut Senate
from the 12th District
In office
Preceded by Edwin L. Scofield
Succeeded by Benjamin P. Mead
Personal details
Born (1854-08-01)August 1, 1854
Lewisboro, New York
Died December 7, 1916(1916-12-07) (aged 62)
Greenwich, Connecticut
Resting place Putnam Cemetery, Greenwich, Connecticut
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Annie A. Merritt (daughter of Matthew F. Merritt, m. October 7, 1879)
Children Lucy, Edith, Roberta
Residence Deerfield Drive, Greenwich, Connecticut
Alma mater High Ridge Institute
Occupation blacksmith, lawyer

Robert Jay Walsh (August 1, 1854 – December 7, 1916) was Secretary of the State of Connecticut from 1889 to 1893, and a member of the Connecticut Senate representing the 12th District from 1885 to 1888. He also served as President pro tempore of the Connecticut Senate.

He was born August 1, 1854, in Lewisboro, New York, the son of James F. and Annie E. Walsh. At the age of ten, he moved to Ridgefield, Connecticut where he attended High Ridge Institute. At the age of fourteen he became an apprentice in a blacksmith shop. After his apprenticeship, he became a teacher. He enrolled in the Normal School at New Britain.

In 1877, he began studying law in the office of Huested W. R. Hoyt, in Greenwich. In 1880, Walsh was admitted to the Fairfield County bar. In 1882, he opened his own law office in Greenwich.

He campaigned for Garfield in 1880. In the same year, he began his service on the Connecticut Republican Central Committee.

In 1882, he was appointed corporation counsel of the town and borough of Greenwich.

In 1884, he was elected to the Connecticut Senate. In 1886, he was re-elected by a wider margin. In 1886 and 1887 he was President Pro Tempore of the Senate.

He was appointed judge of the Criminal Branch of the Court of Common Pleas,but resigned in 1900 to continue his law practice, business and political pursuits.

He was an alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention from Connecticut in 1900.

He died at his home in Greenwich in December 7, 1916.


  • President, Greenwich Trust Company
  • President, Greenwich Water Company
  • President, Putnam Cemetery Association
  • President, Abendroth Bros. Foundry of Port Chester, N. Y.
  • President, Port Chester Water Works
  • Director, New York & Stamford St. R. R
  • Trustee, Y. M. C. A.
  • Trustee, Greenwich Library Association
  • Charter member, Fairfield County Golf Club (later the Greenwich Country Club)
  • Member, Blind Brook Club
  • Member, Indian Harbor Yacht Club
  • Member, Republican Club of New York
  • Member, Acacia Lodge, F. & A. M. of Greenwich
  • Member, Empire Lodge, I. O. O. F. of Greenwich


Preceded by
Leverett M. Hubbard
Secretary of the State of Connecticut
Succeeded by
John J. Phelan
Connecticut Senate
Preceded by
Edwin L. Scofield
Member of the
Connecticut Senate
from the 12th District

Succeeded by
Benjamin P. Mead