William Whiting Boardman

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William Whiting Boardman
William Whiting Boardman.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's 2nd district
In office
December 7, 1840 – March 3, 1843
Preceded byWilliam L. Storrs
Succeeded byJohn Stewart
Member of the Connecticut Senate
In office
Personal details
Born(1794-10-10)October 10, 1794
New Milford, Connecticut
DiedAugust 27, 1871(1871-08-27) (aged 76)
New Haven, Connecticut
Political partyWhig, Democratic
Spouse(s)Lucy Hall Boardman
Alma materYale College
Litchfield Law School

William Whiting Boardman (October 10, 1794 – August 27, 1871) was a politician and United States Representative from Connecticut.


Born in New Milford, Connecticut,[1] William Whiting Boardman was the son of Senator Elijah Boardman and Mary Ann Whiting Boardman; and nephew of David Sherman Boardman. He was an early graduate of Bacon Academy in Colchester, Connecticut.[2] He graduated from Yale College in 1812 and then studied law first in Cambridge[3] for some time and then at the Litchfield Law School in 1816 and 1817, before being admitted to the bar in 1818.[4] He opened a law office in New Haven in 1820.[5] His first major position was as a Judge of Probate in New Haven, Connecticut from 1825 to 1829.


Boardman served as clerk of the state senate in 1820. His first major position was as a Judge of Probate in New Haven, Connecticut from 1825 to 1829. He was a Connecticut state senator in the fourth district from 1830 to 1832.[6]

A member of the Connecticut state house of representatives from 1836 to 1839, in 1845, and from 1849 to 1851, he served as Speaker of the Connecticut State House of Representatives in 1836, 1839, and 1845.[7]

A portrait by the artist, Ralph Earl circa 1796 entitled Mrs. Elijah Boardman and her Son, William Whiting Boardman

Boardman was a delegate to Whig National Convention from Connecticut in 1839 and was a member of the Balloting Committee, and served as speaker. He was chosen as a Whig to the Twenty-sixth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of William L. Storrs; reelected to the Twenty-seventh Congress and served from December 7, 1840, to March 3, 1843.[8] He was chairman of the Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds during the Twenty-seventh Congress. [2]

As a member of the Governor's Foot Guard, Boardman rose to the rank of major. In 1864, he was member of the Common Council of New Haven City. He was a trustee of Trinity College from 1832 until 1871 and acted as the president of both the Gas Light Company of New Haven and the New Haven Water Company. He was member of the Episcopal Church and held offices among which were: Warden and vestryman of Trinity Church on the Green, New Haven; trustee of the General, Theological Seminary of the Protestant Episcopal Church; Trustee of the Cheshire Academy; President of the Board of Bishops' Fund. He was a founder and Vice President of the General Hospital Society of New Haven (now called Yale New Haven Hospital). On July 28, 1857, he married Lucy Hall of Poland, Ohio. He and his wife had no children.


William Whiting Boardman died in New Haven, Connecticut of acute bronchitis, on August 27, 1871 (age 76 years) and is interred at Grove Street Cemetery.[9]


  1. ^ "Obituary Record" 46.
  2. ^ a b "William Whiting Boardman."
  3. ^ Orcutt, Samuel (1882). History of the Towns of New Milford and Bridgewater, Connecticut, 1703-1882. Press of the Case, Lockwood and Brainard Company. p. 580. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  4. ^ "William Whiting Boardman". Litchfield Historical Society. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  5. ^ Loomis, Dwight; Calhoun, Joseph Gilbert (1895). "William Whiting Boardman". The judicial and civil history of Connecticut. Boston: The Boston History Company.
  6. ^ "William Whiting Boardman". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  7. ^ "William Whiting Boardman". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  8. ^ "William Whiting Boardman". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  9. ^ "Obituary" 4.


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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William L. Storrs
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
John Stewart