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Alexander H. Holley

Alexander Hamilton Holley
40th Governor of Connecticut
In office
May 6, 1857 – May 5, 1858
Lieutenant Alfred A. Burnham
Preceded by William T. Minor
Succeeded by William A. Buckingham
25th Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut
In office
Governor Henry Dutton
Preceded by Vacant
Succeeded by William Field
Personal details
Born August 12, 1804
Salisbury, Connecticut
Died October 2, 1887 (aged 83)
Lakeville, Litchfield County, Connecticut
Political party Whig, Republican
Spouse(s) Jane M. Lyman (1808 - 1832), Marcia Coffing and Sarah C. Day
Children John Milton Holley, William Ralston Holley, Alexander Lyman Holley (1832 - 1882), John Coffing Holley (1837 - 1865), Maria Holley Rudd (1842 - 1914)
Profession Manufacturer, banker, and politician
Religion Congregationalist

Alexander Hamilton Holley (August 12, 1804 – October 2, 1887) was an American politician and the 40th Governor of Connecticut.


  • Life and politics 1
  • Career 2
  • Death 3
  • References 4
  • Further reading 5
  • External links 6

Life and politics

Holley was born in Salisbury, Connecticut on August 12, 1804. He was a Congregationalist and studied at the public schools in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York. He was married to Jane M. Lyman (1808 - 1832), Marcia Coffing and Sarah C. Day. He had six children,[1] John Milton Holley, William Ralston Holley, Alexander Lyman Holley (1832 - 1882), John Coffing Holley (1837 - 1865), Maria Holley Rudd (1842 - 1914).[2]


Holley served in the state militia, rising through the ranks to Lieutenant Colonel. He entered politics in 1844, serving as a delegate to the Whig National Convention. Holley became president of the Holley Manufacturing Company in 1854 and held that position for life. He also became director of the Salisbury Iron Bank and Connecticut Western Railroad.

Holley was nominated by the Republican Party and elected the 25th Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut in 1854, and became the Governor of Connecticut in 1857. During his term, his administration endorsed the requirement for recently naturalized citizens to wait one year before being eligible to vote, and the Supreme Court ruled on the Dred Scott case.[1] He left office on May 5, 1858. He was a delegate to Republican National Convention from Connecticut, 1860,[3] and retired from public service.


Holley died on October 2, 1887, Lakeville. He is interred at Salisbury Cemetery, Salisbury, Litchfield County, Connecticut.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Alexander H. Holley". National Governors Association. Retrieved 3 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Alexander H. Holley". Find A Grave. Retrieved 3 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Alexander H. Holley". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 

Further reading

  • Sobel, Robert and John Raimo. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978. Greenwood Press, 1988. ISBN 0-313-28093-2

External links

  • National Governors Association
  • Find A Grave
  • The Political Graveyard

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