Thomas H. Seymour
Thomas H. Seymour ( born September 29, 1807 in Hartford, Connecticut, † September 3, 1868 ) was an American politician and governor of the U.S. state of Connecticut. He was a member of the Democratic Party.
Early years and political rise
Thomas H. Seymour graduated from Captain Alden Partridge 's Military Institute in Middletown, then studied law and then got admitted to the bar in 1833. Seymour had a brilliant military career. He served during the Mexican -American War and earned by his brave leadership during the Battle of Chapultepec the rank of colonel. After he retired from the U.S. Army, he worked as an estate judge (English probate judge ) 1836-1838. He also worked 1837-1838 as an editor at the Jeffersonian, a leading Democratic newspaper. Then he decided to pursue a political career. He ran in 1843 for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives and won. He then worked until 1845.
Governor of Connecticut
He ran unsuccessfully in 1849 for the office of the governor of Connecticut, but won the following year the Legislativabstimmung (122 to 108 ). He was re-elected for the next three consecutive years. During his tenure, the General Assembly challenged the convention of 1850, by which the concerns raised by fugitive slaves. Nevertheless, its constitutionality was maintained by the Democratic Convention of 1851. In addition, Seymour was in 1852 a presidential elector for Franklin Pierce, who was finally chosen. In return for his support, he was appointed ambassador to Russia. He resigned on October 13, 1853 from his post as governor of Connecticut and spent the next four years in Russia to build up a continuous alliance with Tsar Nicholas I and his son.
After his return Seymour ran again for the office of the Governor of Connecticut, but failed in two attempts in 1860 and 1863. He led Connecticut Peace Democrats, and 1864, the Democratic National Convention, where he was on the first ballot for the presidential candidacy of the United States 38 votes obtained. Thomas H. Seymour died on September 3, 1868 and was interred in the Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford.