Stamford, CT Families (1641-1935)

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  • ID: I7849
  • Name: William Thomas Minor 1 2
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 3 OCT 1815 in Stamford, Fairfield Co., CT
  • Burial: 418-29 Woodland Cemetery, Stamford, CT
  • Event: Governor of CT from the "Know Nothing" Party Politics BET 1855 AND 1856
  • Occupation: Attorney BET 1850 AND 1860
  • Death: 13 OCT 1889 in Stamford, Fairfield Co., CT
  • Occupation: Retired lawyer BET 1880 AND 1889
  • Note:
    Source: Census records:

    In 1850, age 34, living in Stamford, CT, along with his wife Mary C. Minor, age 24, with Samuel Lockwood, age 30, and his wife Sarah E. Lockwood, age 27, and Mary C. Lockwood, age 2, and Cornelia Lockwood, age 1.

    Source: Stamford Historical Society:

    A graduate of Yale, and son of an attorney, he began practicing law here in 1840. For the next few years he stood for Stamford at the State Legislature as a Representative, State Sentor, and Judge of the Fairfield County Court. Citizens of Connecticut elected him Governor in 1855. He ran for President as a member of the American or Know Nothing party ticket. President Lincoln appointed him consul general to Havana. After the Civil War he returned again as a Representative to the State Legislature, culminating in an appointment as a Judge on the State Superior Court.

    Source: Tercentenary Edition, Stamford Advocate, 1941:

    The most distinguised citizen of all, Gov. William T. Minor, was making his home in Stamford during part of this time. Following the legal profession here as his father, Simeon H. Minor, had done, he was popular socially as well. He was born in Stamford, Oct. 2, 1815, was graduated from Yale in 1834 and was admitted to the bar in 1840.

    Serving the town seven times as representative in the State Legislature, he also, in 1854, was senator from the Twelfth district, and judge of the County Court. In 1855 and 56 he was Governor of the State. Also in 1855, Wesleyan University in Middletown, conferred the honorary degree of LLD upon him. President Lincoln appointed him consul-geneal to Havana in 1864, in which post he remained until his resignation in 1867. On his return here, he was again repesetative, and at that time the Legislature appointed him judge of the Superior Court of the State.

    He was married here on April 16, 1849, to a daughter of John W. Leeds of Stamford, and they had five chidlren, three of whom died young. Gov. Minor's death on Oct. 13, 1889 was followed by a funeral in St. John's Episcopal Church, attended by the Governor and all living ex-Governors, except one who was ill, and numerous other dignitaries.

    Father: Simeon Hinman Minor b: 1777 in Woodbury, Litchfield Co., CT
    Mother: Catherine Lockwood b: ABT 1780 in Greenwich, Fairfield Co., CT

    Marriage 1 Mary Catherine Leeds b: 25 AUG 1824 in Stamford, Fairfield Co., CT
    • Married: 16 APR 1849 in Stamford, Fairfield Co., CT 3 4
    1. Has Children Charles William Minor b: 6 AUG 1851 in Stamford, Fairfield Co., CT
    2. Has No Children unnamed twins Minor b: 6 JUN 1853 in Stamford, Fairfield Co., CT
    3. Has No Children Emily C. Minor b: 15 JUN 1856 in Stamford, Fairfield Co., CT

    1. Title: 1880 Census, Stamford, CT
      Source Medium: Book

      Page: ED 152 Page 294C - 31
    2. Title: Stamford Vital Records - 1875 to 1906
      Page: 094-Deaths 1889 M-Q
    3. Title: Marriage Records of St. John's Episcopal Church, Stamford, CT
    4. Title: Stamford Vital Records - 1847 to 1874
      Page: 016-Marriages 1848-1849
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