James L. McConaughy

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James L. McConaughy
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76th Governor of Connecticut
In office
January 8, 1947 – March 7, 1948
Lieutenant James C. Shannon
Preceded by Wilbert Snow
Succeeded by James C. Shannon
64th Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut
In office
January 4, 1939 – January 8, 1941
Governor Raymond E. Baldwin
Preceded by T. Frank Hayes
Succeeded by Odell Shepard
Personal details
Born James Lukens McConaughy
(1887-10-21)October 21, 1887
New York City
Died March 7, 1948(1948-03-07) (aged 60)
Hartford, Connecticut
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Townshend McConaughy
Alma mater

James Lukens McConaughy (October 21, 1887 - March 7, 1948) was an American politician and the 76th Governor of Connecticut.


McConaughy was born in New York on October 21, 1887. At Yale University, McConaughy was a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity and completed his bachelor's degree in 1909. He completed his master's degree from Bowdoin College in 1911. He then completed his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1913. He also completed another master's degree from Dartmouth College in 1915.[1] He taught English and education at Bowdoin College from 1909 to 1915. He married Elizabeth Townshend in 1913, and they had three children.[2] He was a professor of education at Dartmouth College from 1918 to 1925. He also was President of Knox College and Wesleyan University from 1925 to 1943.[3]


McConaughy was a Republican. He was the 65th Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut from 1939 to 1941. The following year, he served as president of the United China Relief Fund, and was civilian deputy of the Office of Strategic Service, serving from 1943 to 1945. He was an alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Connecticut in 1944.[4]

McConaughy won the 1946 Republican gubernatorial nomination, and was elected Connecticut's 59th governor. During his term, legislation was constituted that subsidized local bonds for housing construction. Twenty million dollars were granted for school construction that benefited rural areas more than larger cities. The state's first sales tax was initiated; unemployment benefits and old-age annuities were enhanced. In addition, a Fair Employment Practices Commission was founded, and a state bonus was instituted for World War II veterans.[5]


McConaughy died in Hartford, Connecticut, of coronary thrombosis on March 7, 1948, before finishing his term.


  1. ^ "James L. McConaughy". NNDB Soylent Communications. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "James L. McConaughy". NNDB Soylent Communications. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "James L. McConaughy". National Governors Association. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "James L. McConaughy". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "James L. McConaughy". National Governors Association. Retrieved 17 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
T. Frank Hayes
Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut
Succeeded by
Odell Shepard
Preceded by
Charles W. Snow
Governor of Connecticut
Succeeded by
James C. Shannon