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Charles A. Templeton (March 3, 1871 - August 15, 1955) was an American politician and the 68th Governor of Connecticut.


Early years

Templeton was born in Sharon, Connecticut on March 3, 1871. He studied at the local schools of Connecticut. He worked as a bookkeeper in a Waterbury hardware store as a child and later became a partner. Later he opened his own wholesale and retail hardware store.


Templeton became alderman of Waterbury and later a member of the Connecticut State Senate from 1919 to 1921. He was lieutenant governor of Connecticut from 1921 to 1923.

Templeton became the Governor of Connecticut in 1923. During his tenure, he didn't allow the Republican state chair the right to name the secretary to the governor. This alienated his party, and lost the legislature's support for his choice on a state superior court vacancy. Legislation passed that limited funding to state institutions in order to balance the budget. A bill was enacted that banned medical school correspondence course graduates from practicing in the state of Connecticut. He left office January 7, 1925.

Later years

After completing his term, Templeton became a trustee of the St. Marguerite School for Girls. He also was the director of Waterbury's Young Men's Christian Association. He died on August 15, 1955, aged 84.


  • 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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