George S. Catlin

George Catlin Smith ( born August 24, 1808 in Harwinton, Litchfield County, Connecticut, † December 26 1851 in Windham, Connecticut ) was an American politician. Between 1843 and 1845 he represented the third electoral district of the state of Connecticut in the U.S. House of Representatives.


George Catlin attended the public schools of his home and then Amherst College in Massachusetts. After studying law at the Litchfield Law School, and in 1828 made ​​his admission to the bar he began in Windham to work in his new profession. Politically, he was a member of the Democratic Party, founded by Andrew Jackson. In 1831 he was elected to the House of Representatives from Connecticut. Between 1831 and 1833 he was secretary of Governor John S. Peters. In the years 1842 and 1843 Catlin served as district attorney in Windham County.

In the congressional elections of 1842 George Catlin was in the third district of Connecticut in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC selected. There he met on March 4, 1843 the successor of Thomas Wheeler Williams of the Whig party. By March 3, 1845 Catlin completed a term in Congress, who were overshadowed by the quarrels between the Whigs and President John Tyler. In foreign policy, was the question of the inclusion of the since 1836 the independent Republic of Mexico Texas to the United States in the forefront of the Congress discussions.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Catlin in 1846 again elected to the Parliament of Connecticut. In 1848 he ran unsuccessfully for the governorship of his state. In 1850 he was elected to the Senate from Connecticut. From 1850 to 1851 was Catlin district judge in Windham County. He died on December 26, 1851 in Windham, and was also buried there.