Hobart B. Bigelow

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Hobart Baldwin Bigelow
Hobart Baldwin Bigelow (Connecticut Governor).jpg
50th Governor of Connecticut
In office
January 5, 1881 – January 3, 1883
LieutenantWilliam H. Bulkeley
Preceded byCharles B. Andrews
Succeeded byThomas M. Waller
Member of the Connecticut House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
BornMay 16, 1834
North Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
DiedOctober 12, 1891 (aged 57)
New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Eleanor Lewis Bigelow
Professionmanufacturer, politician

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


Bigelow was born in North Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut on May 16, 1834. He was educated in the South Egremont Academy in Massachusetts. On May 6, 1857, he married Eleanor Lewis and they had four children;[1] Frank Lewis, Eleanor Mary, Walter Pierpont, and Philo Lewis, who died at two weeks.[2]


In 1851 Bigelow 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 mayor of New Haven from 1879 to 1881. He also served as a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives in 1875.[3]

Bigelow was the Republican nominee and 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.

Bigelow left office on January 3, 1883 and retired from public service.He was a delegate to Republican National Convention from Connecticut, 1880.[4]


On October 12, 1891, Bigelow died at the New Haven House hotel on October 12, 1891). He is interred at Evergreen Cemetery, New Haven, Connecticut.


  1. ^ "Hobart B. Bigelow". National Governors Association. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
  2. ^ "Hobart B. Bigelow". Bigelow Society, Inc. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
  3. ^ Hobart B. Bigelow. The governors of Connecticut: biographies. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
  4. ^ "Hobart B. Bigelow". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 7 December 2012.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Charles B. Andrews
Governor of Connecticut
Succeeded by
Thomas M. Waller