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Chauncey Fitch Cleveland (February 16, 1799 – June 6, 1887) was a United States Representative and the 31st Governor of Connecticut. Born in Canterbury, Connecticut, he attended the common schools and taught school from the age of fifteen to twenty. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1819 and commenced practice in Hampton. He was a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1826 to 1829, 1832, 1835, 1836, 1838, 1847, and 1848, and served as its speaker in 1836 and 1838. He was State's attorney in 1832 and State bank commissioner in 1838. In 1841 he moved to Norwich, Connecticut.

Cleveland was Governor of Connecticut in 1842 and 1843, and then resumed the practice of law in Hampton. He was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-first and Thirty-second Congresses, holding office from March 4, 1849 to March 3, 1853. He became affiliated with the Republican Party upon its organization, and was a delegate to the Republican National Conventions of 1856 and 1860. He was a member of the peace convention of 1861 held in Washington, D.C. in an effort to devise means to prevent the impending war, and was again a member of the State house of representatives in 1863 and 1866, serving as speaker in the former year. He engaged in agricultural pursuits and the practice of law, and in 1887 died in Hampton. Interment was in South Cemetery.


Political offices
Preceded by
William W. Ellsworth
Governor of Connecticut
Succeeded by
Roger Sherman Baldwin


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