Isaac Toucey (* November 15, 1792 in Newtown, Fairfield County, Connecticut; † 30 July 1869 in Hartford, Connecticut) was a politician in the United States and represented the state of Connecticut in the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. He was governor of Connecticut, United States Attorney General and Secretary of the Navy.
Study and career
After studying law was admitted to the bar in 1818. As such, he worked four years in Hartford, before he was 1822-1835 Attorney of Hartford County. This office he held again from 1842 to 1846. After leaving the government, he was again active until his death as a lawyer.
Political Offices in Connecticut
Toucey began his political career on March 4, 1835 with the election to the House of Representatives. The House of Representatives, he was a representative of the first congressional district until his election defeat in 1838. Despite the defeat in the election of 1845 he was appointed the Legislative National Assembly of Connecticut in 1846 for Governor of Connecticut. However, two years later he lost the election for governor against Clark Bissell. From 1850 to 1852 he worked as a Member of the State Senate and then briefly a Member of the House of Representatives from Connecticut.
Ministers and U.S. Senator
On June 21, 1848 President James K. Polk appointed him as the successor of Nathan Clifford to the United States Attorney General in his cabinet. This he belonged until the end of Polk's term of office on March 4, 1849.
On 4 March 1851 he was elected to the Senate of the United States, which he then belonged as a representative of the Democratic party of the first Senate election district from 12 May 1852 to 3 March 1857. During this time he represented the opinion of the Senate frequently to President Franklin Pierce and his government.
On March 7, 1857, he was named President James Buchanan, the Cabinet Polk belonged with him as secretary of state, to Secretary of the Navy. The appointment was for one of the calming of the fraction by ex-President Pierce, on the other hand to represent also the New England states in the Cabinet. Toucey who occupied predominantly moderate positions, was Buchanan's government until the end of the term of office on March 4, 1861. Was succeeded by his main rival in Connecticut, Gideon Welles.
To him, the destroyer USS Toucey (DD -282 ) was named in honor which was put into service shortly after the First World War.