John R. Buck

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John R. Buck
Born John Ransom Buck
December 6, 1835
Glastonbury, Connecticut
Died February 6, 1917(1917-02-06) (aged 81)
Residence Hartford, Connecticut
Nationality United States American
Occupation Lawyer, U.S. Representative
Known for U.S. Representative from Connecticut
Spouse(s) Mary A. Keeney
Children Florence and John Halsey Buck
Parent(s) Halsey and Sarah Anne Buck

John Ransom Buck (December 6, 1835 – February 6, 1917) was a U.S. Representative from Connecticut.

Pre-Congressional Years[edit]

Buck was born in Glastonbury, Connecticut to Halsey and Sarah Anne Buck.[1] He attended Wilbraham Academy, and Wesleyan University, located at Middletown, Connecticut, where he studied Law.

In 1859 he entered the law office of Wells & Strong as a law student.[2] He was admitted to the bar in 1862 and practiced in Hartford. Buck served as assistant clerk of the State House of Representatives in 1864 and clerk in 1865. He served as clerk of the Senate in 1866; as president of the Hartford Court of Common Council in 1868; as City attorney 1871 — 1873; as Treasurer of Hartford County 1873 — 1881 and as a member of the State Senate in 1880 — 1881.

On April 12, 1865, Buck married Mary A. Keeney of Manchester, Connecticut.[3] They had two children, Florence K. and John Halsey.[4]


Buck was elected as a Republican to the Forty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1881—March 3, 1883) and to the Forty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1885—March 3, 1887). He was an unsuccessful candidate for re-election in 1882 to the Forty-eighth Congress and for the re-election in 1886 to the Fiftieth Congress.

After Congress[edit]

He resumed the practice of law in Hartford, Connecticut. After a battle with a long illness, Buck died on February 6, 1917.[5] He was interred at Cedar Hill Cemetery.[6][7]


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joseph R. Hawley
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
William W. Eaton
Preceded by
William W. Eaton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Robert J. Vance