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Alexander Hamilton Holley (August 12, 1804 - October 2, 1887) was an American politician and the 40th Governor of Connecticut. His son was Alexander Lyman Holley, a pioneer of American steelmaking.

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Early life

Holley was born in Salisbury, Connecticut on August 12, 1804. He studied at the public schools in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York.

Career

Holley became president of the Holley Manufacturing Company in 1854 and held that position for life. He also became director of the Salisbury Iron Bank and Connecticut Western Railroad. He became lieutenant governor of Connecticut in 1854.

Holley became the Governor of Connecticut in 1857. During his term, his administration endorsed the requirement for recently naturalized citizens to wait one year before being eligible to vote. He left office on May 5, 1858.

Personal life

Holley married twice and he had six children, most prominently Alexander Lyman Holley. He was a Congregationalist.

He died on October 2, 1887.

Sources

  • Sobel, Robert and John Raimo. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978. Greenwood Press, 1988. ISBN 0-313-28093-2
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