Charles A. Templeton

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Charles A. Templeton
Charles A. Templeton (Connecticut Governor).jpg
68th Governor of Connecticut
In office
January 3, 1923 – January 7, 1925
LieutenantHiram Bingham III
Preceded byEverett J. Lake
Succeeded byHiram Bingham III
57th Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut
In office
January 5, 1921 – January 3, 1923
GovernorEverett J. Lake
Preceded byClifford B. Wilson
Succeeded byHiram Bingham III
Member of the Connecticut Senate
In office
Personal details
Born(1871-03-03)March 3, 1871
Sharon, Connecticut
DiedAugust 15, 1955(1955-08-15) (aged 84)
Waterbury, Connecticut
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Martha Amelia Castle Templeton

Charles Augustus Templeton (March 3, 1871 – August 15, 1955) was an American politician and the 68th Governor of the state of Connecticut.


Templeton was born in Sharon, Connecticut on March 3, 1871, the son of Union Army veteran Theodore Templeton and Ella Middlebrooks Templeton.[1] The family moved to Winsted when the future governor was a young boy. He received some education in local schools, but went to work at the age of eight as an errand boy earning 25 cents a day.[1] On June 17, 1897, he married Martha Amelia Castle, the daughter of John and Amelia (Parsons) Castle. They had three daughters: Katherine, Nancy and Lucy.


As a young man, Templeton worked at several jobs, including machinist at the Seth Thomas Clock Company in Thomaston, janitor at a high school and a church, grocery store clerk, and assistant postmaster of Plymouth. While on a visit to Waterbury, he answered an advertisement for a bookkeeper in a hardware store. In answer to a question of experience keeping books, he replied that he could do any task that anyone else could. He was hired and eventually bought the business with a partner, but later left to open his own hardware business in the city under the name of Charles A. Templeton, Inc. and later became a partner. Later he opened his own wholesale and retail hardware store.

A Republican, Templeton became alderman of Waterbury and later a member for the 15th District of the Connecticut State Senate from 1919 to 1921. He was a delegate to Republican National Convention from Connecticut, 1920.[2] He was the 57th Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut from 1921 to 1923.[1]

Templeton became the Governor of Connecticut in 1923. During his tenure, he didn't allow the Republican state party chairman, J. Henry Roraback, the right to name the secretary to the governor. This alienated his party, and lost the legislature's support for his choice on a state superior court vacancy. He also refused to nominate Roraback’s choice of John A. MacDonald for the position of State Highway Commissioner. Templeton favored a three-man commission for the position. Legislation passed that limited funding to state institutions in order to balance the budget. A bill was enacted that banned medical school correspondence course graduates from practicing in the state of Connecticut. He left office January 7, 1925.[3]

After completing his term as governor, Templeton returned to the hardware business in Waterbury.[1] He also became a trustee of the St. Marguerite School for Girls. He also was the director of Waterbury's YMCA.


Templeton died on August 15, 1955, aged 84. He is interred at Riverside Cemetery, Waterbury, Connecticut.


  1. ^ a b c d Connecticut State Library: Governor Charles Augustus Templeton Archived October 11, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Charles A. Templeton". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
  3. ^ "Charles A. Templeton". National Governors Association. Retrieved 15 December 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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Political offices
Preceded by
Clifford B. Wilson
Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut
Succeeded by
Hiram Bingham III
Preceded by
Everett J. Lake
Governor of Connecticut
Succeeded by
John H. Trumbull