William T. Minor

William Thomas Minor ( born October 3, 1815 in Stamford, Connecticut, † October 13, 1889 ) was an American politician and governor of the U.S. state of Connecticut. He was a member of the Know-Nothing Party.

Early years and political rise

William Thomas Minor graduated in 1834 at Yale University, then studied law and then got admitted to the bar in 1840. A year later (1841 ) decided to minor in politics to go. He ran for a seat in the House of Representatives from Connecticut, won and spent the next eight years. He was also a member of the 1854 State Senate.

Governor of Connecticut

Minor won the 1855 Governor nomination of the Know-Nothings and was (177 to 70 ) chosen in the same year by a Legislativabstimmung governor of Connecticut. He was re-elected in 1856 for a second term. During his tenure, he was a proponent of permanent living arrangements as of naturalization. He also recommended the dismissal of six military companies, which mostly consisted of Irish, which made the immigrants angry. The legislation withdrew all the men who were unable to read the state constitution, the right to vote. After he left his post in 1857, Minor practiced as a lawyer again.

Further CV

Minor was appointed Consul General in Havana in 1864, a position which he held for three years. He was also 1868 again in the state House of Representatives. He also held the office of a judge at the Superior Court 1868-1873. After Minor 1879 was active in a Commission that arbitrated an extended border dispute with New York. William T. Minor died on October 13, 1889 and was interred in the Woodland Cemetery in Stamford.