Early years and political rise
Henry Dutton graduated in 1818 at Yale University, then studied law and then got admitted to the bar in 1823. In addition, he also taught 1821-1823 himself at Yale and spent two years as head teacher (English ) at the Fairfield Academy. Some time later he decided to go into politics and was in 1828, 1834, 1838, 1839, and 1850 in the House of Representatives from Connecticut operates. After moving in 1847 to New Haven, he was hired as Kent Professor of Law at Yale, a position which he retained until his death. Dutton also sat in the Senate of Connecticut in 1849, was then 1852-1853 Judge of the New Haven County Court and failed in 1853 when his candidacy for the governorship of Connecticut.
Governor of Connecticut
Dutton won the 1854 Governor nomination of the Whigs and was (140 to 93 ) chosen in the same year by a Legislativabstimmung governor of Connecticut. During his tenure, the Kansas - Nebraska Act and a prohibition law was confirmed in May 1854. The first law led to a major controversy across the state. It made slavery in a new large area legally possible and revived the bitter dispute over the extension of slavery, which was resting after the agreement of 1850 and thus accelerated the start of the Civil War. Dutton stood for re-election in 1855, but failed. His tenure went from 3 May 1854 to 2 May 1855.
After leaving his office, was 1861-1866 worked as a judge at the Superior Court and the Supreme Court of Errors. Henry Dutton died on April 12, 1869 and was buried in the Grove Street Cemetery.