Richard D. Hubbard
Richard Dudley Hubbard
|48th Governor of Connecticut|
January 3, 1877 – January 9, 1879
|Preceded by||Charles R. Ingersoll|
|Succeeded by||Charles B. Andrews|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Connecticut's 1st district
March 4, 1867 – March 3, 1869
|Preceded by||Henry C. Deming|
|Succeeded by||Julius L. Strong|
|Member of the Connecticut House of Representatives|
|Born||September 7, 1818|
|Died||February 28, 1884 (aged 65)|
|Spouse(s)||Mary Juliana Morgan Hubbard|
|Alma mater||Yale University|
Born in Berlin, Connecticut, he was orphaned while young, he pursued preparatory studies at East Hartford and graduated from Yale College in 1839, where he was a member of Skull and Bones. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1842 and commenced practice in Hartford. He married Mary Juliana Morgan and they had six children.
Hubbard was a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives in 1842, 1855, and again in 1858, and was prosecuting attorney for Hartford County from 1846 to 1868. A lifelong Democrat, he nevertheless supported the Federal government throughout the Civil War.
Hubbard was elected as a Democrat to the Fortieth Congress, holding office from March 4, 1867 to March 3, 1869. He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1868 and resumed the practice of law in Hartford. He was a delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1876 and a member of the Resolutions Committee.
In November 1876 Hubbard was elected Governor of Connecticut, the first to be elected to a two-year term. He successfully advocated for legislation that altered the property rights of women, "making husband and wife equal in property rights." Also, a bill was constituted that formed the State Board of Health; a commission was formed that managed Connecticut's dams and reservoirs, and regulations were amended that benefited the insurance industry. In January 1878, Hubbard served on the committee that established the American Bar Association. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection as governor in 1878. He engaged in the practice of law from 1877 until his death in Hartford.
Death and legacy
- Millegan, Kris (2003). "The Skeleton Crew". Fleshing Out Skull and Bones: Investigations into America's Most Powerful Secret Society. Walterville, OR: Trine Day. pp. 597–690. ISBN 0-9720207-2-1. "This list is compiled from material from the Order of Skull and Bones membership books at Sterling Library, Yale University and other public records. The latest books available are the 1971 Living members and the 1973 Deceased Members books. The last year the members were published in the Yale Banner is 1969."
- "Richard D. Hubbard". National Governors Association. Retrieved December 6, 2012.
- "Richard D. Hubbard". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved December 6, 2012.
- "Richard D. Hubbard". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved December 6, 2012.
- Norton, 295
- Simeon E. Baldwin, "The Founding of the American Bar Association", The American Bar Association Journal (January 1, 1917), p. 658.
- "Richard D. Hubbard". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved December 6, 2012.
- Connecticut General Assembly: "Richard D. Hubbard (1818–1884)", accessed September 18, 2010
- United States Congress. "Richard D. Hubbard (id: H000888)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- Dwight Loomis and J. Gilbert Calhoun, The Judicial and Civil History of Connecticut (Boston: Boston History Company, 1895)
- Frederick Calvin Norton, The Governors of Connecticut (New Haven, CT: Connecticut Magazine Company, 1905), available online
- Robert Sobel and John Raimo, Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789–1978. Greenwood Press, 1988, ISBN 0-313-28093-2
- The Political Graveyard
- Govtrack US Congress
- National Governors Association
- Richard D. Hubbard at Find a Grave
|U.S. House of Representatives|
Henry C. Deming
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's 1st congressional district
March 4, 1867 – March 3, 1869
Julius L. Strong
Charles Roberts Ingersoll
| Governor of Connecticut
Charles B. Andrews