John H. Trumbull

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John H. Trumbull
70th Governor of Connecticut
In office
January 8, 1925 – January 7, 1931
LieutenantJ. Edwin Brainard
Ernest E. Rogers
Preceded byHiram Bingham III
Succeeded byWilbur Lucius Cross
79th Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut
In office
January 7, 1925 – January 8, 1925
GovernorHiram Bingham III
Preceded byHiram Bingham III
Succeeded byJ. Edwin Brainard
Member of the Connecticut Senate
Personal details
Born(1873-03-04)March 4, 1873
Ashford, Connecticut
DiedMay 21, 1961(1961-05-21) (aged 88)
Hartford, Connecticut
Political partyRepublican
Maud Pierce Usher (m. 1903)
RelationsJohn Coolidge (son-in-law)
Military service
Branch/serviceConnecticut National Guard

John Harper Trumbull (March 4, 1873 – May 21, 1961) was an American politician who served as the 70th Governor of Connecticut.

Early life[edit]

Trumbull was born in Ashford, Connecticut son of Hugh Homer Trumbull (1847–1922) and Mary Ann (Harper) Trumbull (1849–1923). Despite his name, he was not related to the previous governors of Connecticut of the same name, but was the son of Irish immigrants who moved to Ashford in the early 1870s to run a farm. The family later moved to Plainville, Connecticut. Trumbull did not attend college.[1]


As a partner with his brother, Henry and one other man, Frank T. Wheeler, in 1891, he formed the Trumbull Electric Company, which produced electrical supply parts including porcelain fixtures, switchboards and panels. He served as President of that company from 1911 to 1944.[2] It later became part of General Electric.[3] He also was board chairman of Colonial Air Transport, Incorporated; director and treasurer of Plainville Realty Company; president of Plainville Trust Company; and director of Connecticut Light & Power Company.[4]

Trumbull joined the First Connecticut Infantry in 1891, finally reaching the rank of colonel in the State Guard. He was a Republican.[5] Trumbull served in the Connecticut Senate. He served as President pro tempore of the Connecticut Senate.

Elected the 79th Lieutenant Governor in November 1924, Trumbull held that office from January 7 to January 8, 1925, as the Governor, Hiram Bingham III, resigned after one day as a governor to become a U.S. Senator. Trumbull had learned to pilot his own airplanes and was dubbed "The Flying Governor" because he often flew into Robertson Field Airport in Plainville.[6]

Trumbull was a conservative Republican and made sure to balance the State budget. He also sought to assist Connecticut's businesses. During his terms in office, the government started a building program and worked at improving the roads of the State. He sponsored an aviation development, and launched numerous construction projects. He was re-elected as governor two times, in 1926 and 1928, but chose not to run for reelection in 1930. He left the office on January 7, 1931. However, he ran for the office again in 1932, but was defeated by his successor, Democratic incumbent Wilbur Cross.

Trumbull continued to oversee his business interests. He also served as a Delegate to the Republican National Convention from Connecticut in 1920 as Alternate. Organizer and president, Trumbull Electric Manufacturing Co.; board chairman, Colonial Air Transport, Inc.; director and treasurer, Plainville Realty Co.; president, Plainville Trust Co.; director, Connecticut Light & Power Co.; delegate to Republican National Convention from Connecticut, 1920 (alternate), 1924, 1928, 1932, and 1936. He stayed active as vice president of the Connecticut Humane Society and the Connecticut Historical Society.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Trumbull was married on November 28, 1903, to Maud Pierce Usher (1874–1963), and they had two daughters:[1]

Trumbull died in Hartford, Connecticut, on May 21, 1961. He is interred at West Cemetery, Plainville, Connecticut.


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  2. ^ "John H. Trumbull". NNDB Soylent Communications. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
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  4. ^ "John H. Trumbull". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
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  6. ^ "John H. Trumbull". Connecticut State Library. Archived from the original on 6 January 2013. Retrieved 16 December 2012.
  7. ^ "John H. Trumbull". National Governors Association. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
  8. ^ "Plymouth Artisan Cheese". 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-06-15. Retrieved 2010-06-26.
  9. ^ Martin, Douglas (June 4, 2000). "John Coolidge, Guardian of President's Legacy. Dies at 93". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-06-25.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Hiram Bingham III
Republican nominee for Governor of Connecticut
1926, 1928
Succeeded by
Ernest E. Rogers
Preceded by
Ernest E. Rogers
Republican nominee for Governor of Connecticut
Succeeded by
Hugh Meade Alcorn
Political offices
Preceded by
Hiram Bingham III
Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut
Succeeded by
J. Edwin Brainard
Governor of Connecticut
Succeeded by
Wilbur Lucius Cross