Alexander H. Holley

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Alexander Hamilton Holley
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40th Governor of Connecticut
In office
May 6, 1857 – May 5, 1858
LieutenantAlfred A. Burnham
Preceded byWilliam T. Minor
Succeeded byWilliam Alfred Buckingham
45th Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut
In office
May 3, 1854 – May 2, 1855
GovernorHenry Dutton
Preceded byCharles H. Pond
Succeeded byWilliam Field
Personal details
BornAugust 12, 1804
Salisbury, Connecticut, U.S.
DiedOctober 2, 1887 (aged 83)
Lakeville, Connecticut, U.S.
Political partyWhig, Republican
Spouse(s)Jane M. Lyman, Marcia Coffing and Sarah C. Day
Children6, including Alexander Lyman Holley
ProfessionManufacturer, banker, and politician

Alexander Hamilton Holley (August 12, 1804 – October 2, 1887) was an American politician and the 40th governor of Connecticut.

Life and politics[edit]

Holley was born in Salisbury, Connecticut, on August 12, 1804. He was a Congregationalist and studied at the public schools in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York. He was married to Jane M. Lyman (1808–1832), Marcia Coffing and Sarah C. Day. He had six children.[1]


Holley served in the state militia, rising through the ranks to lieutenant colonel. He entered politics in 1844, serving as a delegate to the Whig National Convention. Holley became president of the Holley Manufacturing Company in 1854 and held that position for life. He also became director of the Salisbury Iron Bank and Connecticut Western Railroad.

Holley was nominated by the Republican Party and elected the 45th lieutenant governor of Connecticut in 1854, and elected the governor of Connecticut in 1857. During his term, his administration endorsed the requirement for recently naturalized citizens to wait one year before being eligible to vote, and the Supreme Court ruled on the Dred Scott case.[1] He left office on May 5, 1858. He was a delegate to Republican National Convention from Connecticut, 1860,[2] and retired from public service.


Holley died on October 2, 1887, in Lakeville. He is buried at Salisbury Cemetery, Salisbury, Connecticut.


  1. ^ a b "Alexander H. Holley". National Governors Association. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
  2. ^ "Alexander H. Holley". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved December 4, 2012.

Further reading[edit]

  • Sobel, Robert and John Raimo. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978. Greenwood Press, 1988. ISBN 0-313-28093-2

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Party political offices
Preceded by Republican nominee for Governor of Connecticut
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by
Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut
Succeeded by
Preceded by Governor of Connecticut
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