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.