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Isaac Toucey

Gov. Isaac Toucey

  • May 6, 1846 - May 5, 1847
  • Democrat
  • November 5, 1796
  • July 30, 1869
  • Connecticut
  • Married Catherine Nichols
  • Representative, Senator, Cabinet secretary


ISAAC TOUCEY, Connecticut’s 16th governor was born on November 5, 1796, in Newtown, Connecticut. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1818, and practiced in Hartford, Connecticut. Toucey served as Hartford County’s prosecuting attorney from 1822 to 1835. He entered politics as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, a position he held from March 4, 1835, to March 3, 1839. Toucey ran unsuccessfully for Governor of Connecticut in 1845, but was successful in 1846, when he won the governorship by a legislative vote of 124 to 117. During his tenure, an antibribery bill was constituted geared toward eliminating fraudulent electoral procedures. Toucey’s administration was also a proponent of reform aimed at education and taxes; however, only insignificant legislation was passed. Toucey was not renominated for governor in 1847 and left office, though he stayed active in public service. On June 29, 1848, he was appointed U.S. Attorney General, an office he held until March 4, 1849. He served in the Connecticut State Senate in 1850 and in the Connecticut House of Representatives in 1852. Toucey also was elected to the U.S. Senate, serving from 1852 to 1857, and was appointed Secretary of Navy, serving from 1857 to 1861. Governor Isaac Toucey died on July 30, 1869, and he is buried at the Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford, Connecticut.


Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 1, Westport, Conn.; Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.

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