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Hobart Baldwin Bigelow (May 16, 1834 – October 12, 1891) was an American politician and the 50th Governor of Connecticut.


Early life

Bigelow was born in North Haven, Connecticut on May 16, 1834. He was educated in the South Egremont Academy in Massachusetts. In 1851 he left there and afterward learned the machinist's trade at Guilford, Connecticut with local companies. He became a leading manufacturer of boilers and heavy machinery. He purchased the Bigelow Manufacturing Company in 1861, which later conducted business under the name of the H.B. Bigelow & Co. He served as the company's president for life.


Bigelow served as councilman of New Haven from 1863 to 1876. He then served as a mayor of New Haven from 1879 to 1881. He also served as a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives in 1875.

Bigelow was elected the Governor of Connecticut on November 2, 1880. He was sworn into office on January 5, 1881. During his term, legislation was enacted that disallowed deceptive election registration procedures and a bill was constituted that regulated companies of 12 or more employees to install fire escapes. The Storrs Agricultural School was founded and assessments were cut back on mutual life insurance companies.

Later life

Bigelow left office on January 3, 1883 and retired from public service.He died on October 12, 1891.




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