William W. Eaton

William Wallace Eaton ( born October 11, 1816 in Tolland, Connecticut, † September 21, 1898 in Hartford, Connecticut ) was an American politician (Democratic Party), who represented the state of Connecticut in both chambers of Congress.

Early life and legal career

As a child, Eaton attended the public school; but he was also taught by a private teacher. After moving to Columbia in South Carolina, he worked in the commercial sector; later he returned to Tolland back, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1837 and began to work as a lawyer.

From 1846 to 1847 Eaton was court clerk ( Clerk of courts ) in Tolland County. In 1851 he moved to Hartford. In the same year he also practiced there from the post of the court secretary, he once again held in 1854. From 1857 to 1858 he was prosecuting attorney of Hartford. The office of the chief judge of Hartford, he held from 1863 to 1864 and again from 1867 to 1872.


1847 William Eaton was first elected to the House of Representatives from Connecticut, where he initially served until 1848, and later still in the years 1853, 1863, 1868, 1870/71 and 1873 / 74. He was in 1853 and 1873 respectively the Speaker. Member of the Senate of Connecticut, he was in 1859.

A first attempt to be elected to the U.S. Senate failed in 1860. Was not until 15 years later, he received but a mandate in Washington, when he was determined to succeed the late Senator William A. Buckingham. He finished the still current term of office, which lasted only 5 February 1875 to 3 March of the same year, but was elected simultaneously for another six years. In the Senate, he stood before the Foreign Affairs Committee.

After two years, Eaton returned to the Congress. He was elected to the House of Representatives, where he served from 1883 to 1885. In 1884 he stood for re-election, but failed and returned to his profession as a lawyer.