BUCKINGHAM, William Alfred (1804-1875)

BUCKINGHAM, WILLIAM ALFRED, a Senator from Connecticut; born in Lebanon, Conn., May 28, 1804; attended the common schools and Bacon Academy, Colchester, Conn.; engaged in mercantile pursuits and in manufacturing; mayor of Norwich, Conn. 1849-1850, 1856-1857; Governor of Connecticut 1858-1866; resumed his former business pursuits; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1869, until his death in Norwich, Conn., February 5, 1875; chairman, Committee on Engrossed Bills (Forty-first and Forty-second Congresses), Committee on Investigation and Retrenchment (Forty-second Congress), Committee on Indian Affairs (Forty-third Congress); interment in Yantic Cemetery, Norwich, Conn.

Connecticut Historical Society
Hartford, CT
Papers: Items in various collections, photographs, and prints.

Connecticut State Library
Hartford, CT
Papers: 1853-1873. 30 feet. Chiefly correspondence and gubernatorial papers.
Additional Papers: Correspondence in Norwich Free Academy collection, 1712-1935.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: 1873. 1 letter.

Pierpont Morgan Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1858-1873. 3 items.

State University of New York
Poetry and Rare Books
Buffalo, NY
Papers: September 3, 1873. 1 letter. To George Willis.

Stowe-Day Library
Hartford, CT
Papers: In the John Calvin Day papers, 1835-1899.

Yale University Libraries
Manuscripts and Archives
New Haven, CT
Papers: Correspondence in the Morris Franklin Tyler papers, 1842-1907; Harry H. Ensign collection, 1818-1880; letters (1866-1912) in Carrington family papers, 1749-1929, available on 1 microfilm reel; S. Griswold Flagg collection, 1825-1938; and Woolsey family papers, 1750-1950 (bulk 1811-1921).

  • Buckingham, Samuel Giles. The Life of William A. Buckingham, the War Governor of Connecticut. Springfield, MA: W.F. Adams Co., 1894.
  • Chapman, Frederick William. The Buckingham Family. Hartford, CT: Conn, Case, Lockwood Brainard, 1872.
  • U.S. Congress. Memorial Addresses on the Life and Character of Wm. A. Buckingham (Senator of Connecticut), Delivered in the Senate and House of Representatives. 43d Cong., 2d sess., 1874-1875. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1875.