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Calvin Willey

Calvin Willey (September 15, 1776 – August 23, 1858) was an American politician from Connecticut who served in the United States Senate.


Early Life

Willey was born at East Haddam, Connecticut. He went to the common schools.[1] Then he started to study law at Hebron, Connecticut, in 1795 and was admitted to the Bar in February 1798.[2] He commenced practice at Chatham and moved to Stafford in 1800. He was appointed the first postmaster at Stafford Springs, a position he held 1806-1808. He lived in Stafford until 1808, when he moved to Tolland, where he since resided.[3] Later, he was also a postmaster of Tolland in 1812-1816.[4]

Political Career

Willey was elected member of the Connecticut House of Representatives for Stafford twice and served from 1805 to 1806. He was also a member of the State house of representatives 1810, 1812, 1820-1821, this time representing Tolland. He was judge of probate for Stafford district 1818-1825. In 1823-1824, he was a member of the Connecticut State Senate. He was elector in the Presidential Election of 1824. He was elected to the United States Senate for the term which started on March 4, 1825, but he did not serve until May 4, 1825, then he served for the rest of the term to March 3, 1831. He was chairman for the Senate Committee on Agriculture in the Nineteenth Congress.[5]

Later Years

After leaving Congress, he held no more public offices, but continued to practice law.[6]

He died in Stafford, Connecticut, August 23, 1858, and was interment in Skungamaug Cemetery in Tolland,[7][8] also known as East Cemetery.[9]


  1. ^ Calvin Willey at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  2. ^ Memorials of Connecticut Judges and Attorneys, Calvin Willey, as Printed in the Connecticut Reports, Volume 14, Appendix, pages 22-23.
  3. ^ Memorials of Connecticut Judges and Attorneys, Calvin Willey, as above.
  4. ^ Calvin Willey as above.
  5. ^ Calvin Willey as above.
  6. ^ Memorials of Connecticut Judges and Attorneys, Calvin Willey, as above.
  7. ^ Calvin Willey as above.
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard, Index to Politicians: Willauer to William, Willey.
  9. ^ Find a Grave, Calvin Willey; Find a Grave, East Cemetery.
United States Senate
Preceded by
James Lanman
United States Senator (Class 3) from Connecticut
Served alongside: Henry Waggaman Edwards, Samuel A. Foot
Succeeded by
Gideon Tomlinson


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