Henry H. Starkweather

Henry Howard Starkweather ( born April 29, 1826 in Preston, New London County, Connecticut; † January 28, 1876 in Washington DC ) was an American politician. Between 1867 and 1876 he represented the third electoral district of the state of Connecticut in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Henry Starkweather attended the public schools of his home. After a subsequent study of law and qualifying as a lawyer, he started in Norwich to work in his new profession. Politically, he was a member of the Republican Party. In 1856 he was elected to the House of Representatives from Connecticut. In the years 1860 and 1868 Starkweather was a delegate to the Republican National respective conventions on which Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant later was nominated as the presidential candidate of the party. Between 1861 and 1865, Starkweather postmasters in Norwich.

In the congressional elections of 1866, he was elected in the third district of Connecticut in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington. There he entered on March 4, 1867, the successor of Augustus Brandegee. After he was confirmed in the following midterm elections each in his mandate, he could remain until his death on 28 January 1876 at the Congress. Between 1871 and 1873 he was chairman of the committee that dealt with the administration of the Federal District in Washington. After a by-election from his position fell to his party colleague John T. Wait.