Library of Congress
ENGLISH, James Edward (1812-1890)
Senate Years of Service: 1875-1876

ENGLISH, JAMES EDWARD, a Representative and a Senator from Connecticut; born in New Haven, Conn., March 13, 1812; attended the common schools; engaged in the lumber business, banking, and manufacturing; member, New Haven board of selectmen 1847-1861; member, common council 1848-1849; member, State house of representatives 1855; member, State senate 1856-1858; unsuccessful candidate for lieutenant governor 1860; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-seventh and Thirty-eighth Congresses (March 4, 1861-March 3, 1865); was not a candidate for renomination in 1864; unsuccessful candidate for election as Governor in 1866; elected Governor of Connecticut in 1867, 1868, and 1870; member, State house of representatives 1872; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1872 to the Forty-third Congress; appointed as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Orris S. Ferry and served from November 27, 1875, to May 17 1876, when a successor was elected; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1876 to fill the vacancy; resumed his manufacturing and commercial activities; died in New Haven, Conn., on March 2, 1890; interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

Connecticut Historical Society
Hartford, CT
Papers: 3 letters (1857, 1862, 1866) in various collections and a print. Finding aid.

Connecticut State Library
Hartford, CT
Papers: 1844, 1864, 1870. 4 letters. Concern personal matters and politics.

New Haven Colony Historical Society
Whitney Library
New Haven, CT
Papers: Correspondence, financial and legal papers, and genealogy in English family papers, 1716-1987. 1,000 items. Finding aid.

  • English, Anna R. In Memoriam, James Edward English. New Haven: Privately printed, 1891.