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John Harper Trumbull (March 4, 1873May 21, 1961) was a United Statesmarker politician and Governor of Connecticut.

Early Life

John H. Trumbull was born in Ashford, Connecticutmarker. Despite his name, he was not related to the previous governors of Connecitcut of the same name, but was the son of Irish immigrants who moved to Ashford in the early 1870's to run a farm. The family later moved to Plainville, Connecticutmarker. He never went to college. As a partner with his brother and one other man, he formed the Trumbull Electric Company, which produced electric appliances and later became part of General Electric. He also took part in other businesses. He joined the First Connecticut Infantry in 1891, finally reaching the rank of colonel in the State Guard.

He married Maud Usher in 1903 and they had two children. Their daughter Florence married John Coolidge, son of President Calvin Coolidge.

Political Career

Trumbull was a Republican. He was elected Lieutenant Governor in November 1924 and held that office from January 7 to January 8, 1925, as the Governor Hiram Bingham III resigned after one day as a governor to become a U.S. Senator. Trumbull had learned to pilot his own airplanes and was dubbed "The Flying Governor" because he often flew into Robertson Field Airport in Plainville.

He was a conservative Republican and made sure to balance the State budget. He also sought to assist Connecticut's businesses. During his terms in office, the government started a building programme and worked at improving the roads of the State.

He was re-elected as governor two times, in 1926 and 1928, but chose not to run for reelection in 1930. He left the office on January 7 1931. However, he ran for the office again in 1932, but was defeated by his successor, Democrat incumbent Wilbur Cross.

After his terms as governor, he continued to oversee his business interests.


Office of the Governor: John Harper Trumbull at Connecticut State Library

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