Thaddeus Betts

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Thaddeus Laddins Betts
United States Senator
from Connecticut
In office
March 4, 1839 – April 7, 1840
Preceded by John M. Niles
Succeeded by Jabez W. Huntington
12th and 14th Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut
In office
1832–1833
Preceded by John Samuel Peters
Succeeded by Ebenezer Stoddard
In office
1834–1835
Preceded by Ebenezer Stoddard
Succeeded by Ebenezer Stoddard
Member of the Connecticut Senate
from the 12th District
In office
1831–1832
Preceded by Charles Hawley
Succeeded by Charles Hawley
At-large member of the Connecticut Senate
In office
1828–1830
Member of the
Connecticut House of Representatives from Norwalk
In office
May 1815 – October 1815
Serving with Benjamin Isaacs
Preceded by Jacob Osborne,
Lewis Mallory
Succeeded by Benjamin Isaacs,
John Eversley
In office
1830–1831
Serving with Eli Bennett
Preceded by Clark Bissell, Charles W. Taylor
Succeeded by Eli Bennett, David Roberts
Personal details
Born (1789-02-04)February 4, 1789[1]
Norwalk, Connecticut
Died April 7, 1840(1840-04-07) (aged 51)
Washington, D.C.
Resting place Union Cemetery
Norwalk, Connecticut
Political party Whig
Spouse(s) Antoinette Cannon Betts
Alma mater Yale College
Occupation lawyer

Thaddeus Laddins Betts (February 4, 1789 – April 7, 1840) was the 12th and 14th Lieutenant Governor of the state of Connecticut from 1832 to 1833 and from 1834 to 1835, and a United States Senator from Connecticut from 1839 to 1840. He had previously served in the Connecticut Senate representing the 12th District and Connecticut House of Representatives from Norwalk, Connecticut.

Biography[edit]

Betts was born in Norwalk, Connecticut. He was the son of William Maltby Betts (1759-1832) and Lucretia (Gregory) Betts (1763-1830). He completed preparatory studies, then attended and was graduated from Yale College in 1807. He studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1810. He began his law practice in Norwalk. He married Antoinette Cannon who was born on April 20, 1789, and died on February 26, 1864.[2]

Career[edit]

Betts was a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives in 1815. He was a member of the Connecticut Senate in 1828 as a senator at-large, and was again a member of the state house of representatives in 1830. Betts was then a member of the Connecticut Senate in 1831 representing the 12th District.[3]

In 1832 and 1834, Betts was elected the 12th and 14th Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut and served three terms, under Governors John Samuel Peters from 1831 to 1833 and under Samuel A. Foot from 1834 to 1835.

Elected as a Whig to the U.S. Senate, Betts served from March 4, 1839 until his death in 1840.[4]

Death[edit]

Betts died in Washington, D.C. on April 7, 1840 (age 51 years, 63 days). The funeral took place at the Capitol with the Chaplains to Congress officiating and the President of the United States, Martin Van Buren, attending.[5] He is interred at Union Cemetery, Norwalk, Connecticut. There is a cenotaph for him at the Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D.C.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Find a Grave
  2. ^ "Thaddeus Betts". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Thaddeus Betts". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Thaddeus Betts". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Thaddeus Betts". Historic Congressional Cemetery. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 

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United States Senate
Preceded by
Jacob Osborne
Lewis Mallory
Member of the Connecticut House of Representatives from Norwalk
May 1815 – October 1815
With: Benjamin Isaacs
Succeeded by
Benjamin Isaacs
John Eversley
Preceded by
Member of the
Connecticut Senate
At-large

1828–1830
Succeeded by
District elections
Preceded by
Clark Bissell
Charles W. Taylor
Member of the Connecticut House of Representatives from Norwalk
1830–1831
With: Eli B. Bennett
Succeeded by
Eli Bennett
David Roberts
Preceded by
Charles Hawley
Member of the
Connecticut Senate
from the 12th District

1831–1832
Succeeded by
Charles Hawley
Preceded by
John Samuel Peters
Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut
1832–1833
Succeeded by
Ebenezer Stoddard
Preceded by
Ebenezer Stoddard
Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut
1834–1835
Succeeded by
Ebenezer Stoddard
Preceded by
John M. Niles
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Connecticut
1839–1840
Served alongside: Perry Smith
Succeeded by
Jabez W. Huntington