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Chauncey Fitch Cleveland


Chauncey Fitch Cleveland

Chauncey Fitch Cleveland
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1849 – March 3, 1853
Preceded by John A. Rockwell
Succeeded by Nathan Belcher
31st Governor of Connecticut
In office
May 4, 1842 – May 1, 1844
Lieutenant William S. Holabird
Preceded by William W. Ellsworth
Succeeded by Roger Sherman Baldwin
Personal details
Born February 16, 1799
Canterbury, Connecticut
Died June 6, 1887 (aged 88)
Hampton, Connecticut
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Diantha Hovey Cleveland, Helen Cornelia Litchfield Cleveland
Profession lawyer, politician

Chauncey Fitch Cleveland (February 16, 1799 – June 6, 1887) was an American politician, a United States Representative and the 31st Governor of Connecticut.


  • Biography 1
  • Career 2
  • Death 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Born in Canterbury, Connecticut, Cleveland attended the common schools and taught school from the age of fifteen to twenty. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1819 and commenced practice in Hampton.[1] He was married, December 13, 1821, to Diantha Hovey (1800-1867); was married, January 22, 1869, to Helen Cornelia Litchfield.[2]


Cleveland was a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1826 to 1829, 1832, 1835, 1836, 1838, 1847, and 1848, and served as its speaker in 1836 and 1838. He was State's attorney in 1832 and State bank commissioner in 1838. In 1841 he moved to Norwich, Connecticut.

Elected Governor of the state by the Democratic party in 1842, and again in 1843, Cleveland was Governor of Connecticut from May 04, 1842 to May 01, 1844.[3] He then resumed the practice of law in Hampton.

Elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-first and Thirty-second Congresses, Cleveland held office from March 4, 1849 to March 3, 1853.[4]

Previous to the breaking out of the Republican National Conventions of 1856 and 1860, and was a Presidential Elector on the Republican ticket in 1860. In 1861, he was a member of the Peace Congress held in Washington, D.C. in an effort to devise means to prevent the impending war.[5]

Cleveland was again a member of the State house of representatives in 1863 and 1866, serving as speaker in the former year. He retired from public life and engaged in agricultural pursuits and the practice of law.


Cleveland died in Hampton in 1887. He is interred at South Cemetery, Hampton, Connecticut.[6]


  1. ^ "Chauncey Fitch Cleveland". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Chauncey Fitch Cleveland". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Chauncey Fitch Cleveland". National Governors Association. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Chauncey Fitch Cleveland". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "Chauncey Fitch Cleveland". Connecticut State Library. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "The Political Graveyard: Index to Politicians: Cleveland". 2013. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 

External links

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John A. Rockwell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
Nathan Belcher
Political offices
Preceded by
William W. Ellsworth
Governor of Connecticut
Succeeded by
Roger Sherman Baldwin
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