WAIT, John Turner (1811-1899)

WAIT, JOHN TURNER, a Representative from Connecticut; born in New London, Conn., August 27, 1811; moved with his mother to Norwich, Conn.; attended the common schools and Trinity College, Hartford, Conn., for two years; engaged in mercantile pursuits; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1836 and began practice in Norwich; State's attorney for the county of New London 1842-1844 and 1846-1854; unsuccessful candidate for election as Lieutenant Governor in 1854, 1855, 1856, and 1857; served in the State senate in 1865 and 1866, the latter year as president pro tempore; member of the State house of representatives in 1867, 1871, and 1873, serving as speaker in 1867; elected as a Republican to the Forty-fourth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Henry H. Starkweather; reelected as a Republican to the Forty-fifth and to the four succeeding Congresses and served from April 12, 1876, to March 3, 1887; was not a candidate for renomination in 1886; resumed the practice of his profession; died in Norwich, Conn., April 21, 1899; interment in Yantic Cemetery.

Connecticut Historical Society
Hartford, CT
Papers: 1864, 1884. 2 letters.
Also unknown quantity of correspondence with Patrick Henry Woodward, 1882-1895.

Papers: 1882, 2 pages.
A letter from Elihu Geer to John T, Wait written on October 4, 1882. In the letter, Elihu Geer comments on the River and Harbor Bill and states that editorial critics are not all knowing.