Meade Alcorn

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Meade Alcorn
Hugh Meade Alcorn.png
42nd Chair of the Republican National Committee
In office
Preceded byLeonard W. Hall
Succeeded byThurston Morton
Personal details
Born(1907-10-20)October 20, 1907
Suffield, Connecticut
DiedJanuary 13, 1992(1992-01-13) (aged 84)
Suffield, Connecticut
Political partyRepublican
Alma materDartmouth College, Yale Law School

Hugh Meade Alcorn Jr. (October 20, 1907 – January 13, 1992) was a U.S. lawyer and political figure. He was a native of Suffield, Connecticut.


He was born on October 20, 1907 to Cora Terry (Wells) and Hugh Meade Alcorn Sr.

He attended Dartmouth College and Yale Law School. An attorney, he was a partner in the once-prominent Connecticut law firm Tyler, Cooper & Alcorn.[1]

Alcorn was a key figure in Connecticut politics following World War II. He served as State Representative, Republican floor leader, and then Speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives. He also served as Hartford State's Attorney. As the Republican leader in the Connecticut General Assembly, he was often paired against John Bailey, his legendary Democratic counterpart.

Alcorn joined the Republican National Committee in 1953, and was the chairman of the Republican National Committee between 1957 and 1959, during the presidency of Dwight Eisenhower. He was also the great-great nephew of U.S. Senator and Governor of Mississippi James Lusk Alcorn.

He died of a stroke on January 13, 1992.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Alcorn was married to Marcia Powell Alcorn after the death of his first wife, Janet. He had only one daughter, named Eileen. His brother Howard Alcorn was chief justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court.


  1. ^ It was founded by his father in 1897. The firm closed in 2008, and its practice was taken over by the Providence firm Hinckley, Allen & Snyder.
  2. ^ "Meade Alcorn Jr., 84, G.O.P. National Chief". The New York Times. January 14, 1992. Retrieved January 24, 2009. Hugh Meade Alcorn Jr., the Republican national chairman from 1957 to 1959 during the Eisenhower Administration, died yesterday at his home in Suffield, Conn. He was 84 years old. The cause of his death was a stroke, his daughter said. ...

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Leonard W. Hall
Chairman of the Republican National Committee
1957 - 1959
Succeeded by
Thruston B. Morton