TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Biographical Note

Scope and Content

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Container List

Series 1. Subject Files 1925-1931


RG 005:025, Office of the Governor: John Harper Trumbull (1925-1931)

Inventory of Records

Finding aid prepared by Connecticut State Library staff.

Copyright © 2007 by the Connecticut State Library


Overview of the Collection

Repository: Connecticut State Library
Creator: Connecticut. Governor (1925-1931 : Trumbull)
Title: John Harper Trumbull records
Dates: 1925-1931
Quantity: 29.5 cubic feet
Abstract: Gov. John H. Trumbull's subject files.
Identification: RG005_025
Accession: T001242
Language: The records are in English.

Biographical Note

Born: March 4, 1873, Ashford, Connecticut.
College: None.
Political Party: Republican.
Offices: Lt. Governor of Connecticut, 1925; Governor of Connecticut, 1925-1931.
Died: May 21, 1961, Hartford, Connecticut.

Because Hiram Bingham resigned after one day in office, John Trumbull served the shortest term of any lieutenant governor in the state. Despite his famous Connecticut name, he was not related to any of the three previous Trumbulls who had served as governors. His parents were Irish immigrants who moved to Ashford in the early 1870's to operate a farm. Trumbull was born there in 1873, but the family later moved to Plainville where he developed an interest in the emerging industry of electricity. In 1898 he and a brother formed an electrical business in Plainville in partnership with another man. Known as the Trumbull Electric Company, it produced appliances and later became part of General Electric. Trumbull was its president from 1911 until he retired from the company in 1944. He was also active in other business firms. Trumbull had an interest in the militia and joined the First Connecticut Infantry in 1891. He achieved the rank of colonel in the State Guard. He also developed an interest in flying and piloted his own airplanes during speaking engagements. This earned him the title of. Flying Governor. Trumbull married Maud Usher in 1903 and they had two children.

With Bingham leaving office on January 8, 1925, Trumbull served that complete term as governor and was reelected two more times. He chose to retire in 1931. As a conservative Republican, he balanced the state's budget and sought to assist Connecticut's businesses. During his terms the state government began a building program and worked to improve Connecticut's roads. When the Great Depression came in 1929 Trumbull was unable to prevent the state's unemployment from growing nor to solve its financial problems. Trumbull did seek to become governor again in 1932, but lost to the incumbent, Wilbur Cross.

When Trumbull left office he continued overseeing his business interests. He was also an active sportsman. The Museum of Connecticut History owns a propeller from a plane he once crashed. It also owns a firearm that was presented to him by the Colt Company of Hartford. His factory building in Plainville still stands on Woodford Avenue.

Bibliography

Crofut, Florence S. Marcy. Guide to the History and the Historic Sites of Connecticut. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1937 [CSL call number HistRef F 94 .C88 1937].

History of Hartford County, Connecticut, 1633-1928, Vol. 3, 1928, pp. 30-34.

Mitchell, Rowland W. Social Legislation in Connecticut, 1919-1939. Ph.D. Dissertation, Yale University, 1954.

Sobel, Robert and John Raimo. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978. Westport, Conn.: Meckler Books, 1978. [CSL call number GIS Ref E 176 .B573].

Van Dusen, Albert E. Connecticut. New York: Random House, 1961. [CSL call number HistRef F 94 .V3].

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Scope and Content

Gov. John H. Trumbull's records are subject files related to state agencies, commissions, legislative bills, and appointments among other topics.

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Arrangement

Series 1. Subject Files.

Subseries 1. 1925-1927.

Subseries 2. 1927-1929.

Subseries 3. 1929-1931.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

These records are stored at an off-site facility and therefore may not be available on a same-day basis.

See the Rules and Procedures for Researchers Using Archival Records and Secured Collections policy.

Restrictions on Use

See the Reproduction and Publications of State Library Collections policy.

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Related Material

None.

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Index Terms

Persons:

Trumbull, John Harper, 1873-1961

Subjects:

Connecticut -- History -- Sources
Connecticut -- Politics and government -- 1919-1933 -- Sources
Connecticut. Office of the Governor -- Archives
Governors -- Connecticut -- Archives
Trumbull, John Harper, 1873-1961 -- Archives

Document Types:

Correspondence
Records

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Container List

Series 1. Subject Files, 1925-1931
Box
1925-1927
Acknowledgements 308
Adjutant General's Assistant, Applications for
Agriculture, Commissioner of
Agriculture, State Dept. of
Air Mail Service
American Legion, The
American School for the Deaf
Appointments - Recommendations for
Appointments - Requesting
Associations, Societies, Clubs, Conferences
Associations, 1926 309
Attorney General's Opinions
Aviation
Bank Commissioner
Barbers Commission
Bills - Motion Picture Bill
Bill - Sunday Baseball
Bills & Gen [eral] Assembly (Miscellaneous) 310
Bingham, Hiram (Personal)
Blind, Board of Education of
Blind - Reports
Board of Control
Board of Control - Notice of Hearings
Board of Control - Notice of Hearings
Board of Pardons, 2 folders
Boundaries - N[ew]Y[ork] - Conn[ecticut], Mass[achusetts] - Conn[ecticut
Boy Scouts
Brainard, Lt. Governor (Personal)
Child Welfare, Bureau of 311
Coal, 1925
Commissioners of Deeds
Compensation Commissioner
Complaints
Comptroller
Connecticut Agricultural College
Connecticut Agricultural College, Minutes of Meetings
Connecticut Agricultural College, Storrs, Study of - Report 312
Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, 50th Anniversary of
Connecticut Chamber of Commerce
Connecticut College Endowment Fund - New London
Connecticut Prison Association
Connecticut River - Mass. Rivers Special Investigation by Caleb M. Saville
Connecticut School for Boys
Connecticut State Fair
Connecticut State Hospital
Connecticut State Hospital - Notice of Meetings
County Commissioner - New London County
County Commissioner - Tolland County
County Commissioner - Windham County
County Jails
County Jails - Examination of Insane
Credentials , 1926 313
Credentials - Dairy and Food
Credentials - Fish and Game
Credentials - Health
Credentials - Prison
Credentials - State Parks
Credentials - Tax
Credentials - Uniform State Laws
Dairy and Food Commission
Dental Commissioners
Department of Public Welfare
Department of State, Washington [D. C.]
Domestic Animal Commission
Educational Commission
Education, State Board of
Education, State Board of - Appropriations Budget
Education, State Board of - Meetings
Elections, Special - Brookfield 314
Employment File, Applications
Extraditions, See Requisitions
Fish and Game, State Dep[artmen]t of
Geological and Natural History Survey Commission
Governors' Conference (National)
Hairdressers' Commission
Healing Arts Board - (See Medical Exam[ining] Board)
Henry Whitfield House Commission
Highway Commission, State
Homeopathic Board
Immigration
Insurance Commissioner
Interstate Commerce Commission 315
Interstate Commerce Commission - printed matter
Invitations
Judge of Enfield Town Court
Judge of Southington Court
Judge of Stamford Court
Lexington Sesqui-Centennial Celebration
Long Lane Farm
Mansfield State Training School and Hospital
Manufacturers Asso [ciation] of Conn [ecticut]
Medical Examining Board
Military, 1925 316
Military - Troop "B" Armory - Petition
Miscellaneous, 1925
Motor Vehicle Commissioner
Naturopathy Board 317
Navy and Marine Memorial
New England Council
New England Governors' Conference
New England Governors' Conference Reports - Special Comm [ission] Appointed
New Haven and Shore Line RR
Newington Home for Crippled Children
Newington Home for Crippled Children - Health Reports
Newington Home for Crippled Children - Minutes of meetings
Norwalk Harbor
Norwich State Hospital
Notaries, 1925 318
Notaries, 1926
Notice of Governor's Absence from the State
Park Policemen 319
Pharmacy Commission
Philadelphia Sesqui-Centennial Celebration
Pollution Commission
Pollution of Streams
Portrait of Governor - Applications [from artists]
President Coolidge
Press Matters
Proclamations and Statements
Prohibition 320
Public Utilities Commission
Railroad Matters
Railroad Policemen
Reports - Miscellaneous
Resignations
Rewards - Offer of
Requisitions 321
Rivers, Harbors and Bridges Commission
Save the Constitution Fund
Society of Executives
Soldiers - Fitch's Home for Soldiers
Soldiers Hospital Board [Also includes Minutes of Meetings], 1925-1926
Soldiers - National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers
Speaking Dates During Campaign 322
Special Investigating Committee Treasury Dep[artmen]t
State Agencies and Institutions
State's Attorneys
State Athletic Commission
State Board of Health
State Farm for Women
State Institutions, Commission
State Library
State Officers , 1925 January-August 323
State Officers, 1925 August
State Park and Forest Comm[ission]
State Police, Department of
State Prison
State Treasurer
State Water Commission
Statements
Tax Commissioner (Tax Matters)
Tuberculosis Commission, State 324
Uniform Court Charters
United States Senate
Veterans Bureau, United States
Visits of Governor to Washington
War Trophies
War Trophies - Applications
Yale Corporation
Y.M.C.A.
1927-1929
Acknowledgments 325
Agriculture, State Dept. of
American School for the Deaf
Appointments - Park Policemen
Appointments - Requesting office
Appointments - Special Committees and Commissions
Appointments - State Officers
Associations, Conferences, Clubs
Attorney General's Opinions 326
Aviation (Colonial and Personal, 1927
Aviation (Colonial and Personal) , 1928
Aviation (State) , 1927-1928 327
Bank Commissioner
Bills - Coal and Fuel Administrator
Bills - Copies of Invoices
Bills - Motor Vehicle Licenses 16 Yrs.
Bills - Property Offered for the Erection of a New Insane Hosp[ital]
Bills - Soldiers Hosp[ital]
Bills - Sunday Movies
Blind, Board of Education of
Board of Control
Board of Control - Meetings
Board of Pardons
Brainard, Edwin, Lieut[enant] Gov[ernor] - Notice of Gov[ernor's] Absense from the State 328
Brainard, J. Edwin Lieut[enant] Gov[ernor] - Personal
Campaign
Chicago Radio Address
Child Welfare, Bureau of
Coal
Commissioner of Deeds
Complaints
Comptroller
Connecticut Agricultural College
Connecticut Agricultural College - Minutes of Meetings
Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station 329
Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station - Notice of Meetings
Connecticut Chamber of Commerce
Connecticut Prison Association
Connecticut Reformatory
Connecticut School for Boys
Connecticut State Hospital
County Jails
County Jails - Exam[ination] of Insane Persons
Credentials
Credentials - Dairy and Food Commissioner
Credentials - National Convention
Credentials - State Prison
Deeds 330
Dental Commissioner
Department of Public Welfare
Department of State - Washington
Domestic Animals Commission
Education, State B[oar]d of
Education, State Board of - Meetings
Education, State Board of - Reports
Election, Special - Madison - Judge of Probate
Finance, State Board of
Fish and Game Department
Flood, 1927
Four Day Steamship Service
General Assembly Matters
Geological & Natural Survey Commission
Governor's Chauffeur (Bills)
Governors' Conference - National , 1927
Governors' Conference - National , 1928
Griffenhagen & Associates
Hairdressers' Commission 331
Highway Commission, State
Immigration
Insurance Commissioner
Interstate Commerce Commission
Interstate Commerce Commission - printed materials
Invitations
Invitations, 1928
Judge of Probate 332
Judicial Council
Kelly, [Edward L.] Executive Secretary (Personal)
Labor, Dep[artmen]t of Factory &
Legislative
Long Lane Farm
Mansfield Training School & Hospital
Manufacturer's Asso[ciation] of Conn
Military
Miscellaneous 333
Miscellaneous (Unimportant) 334
Motor Vehicle Commissioner
Naturopathy
Navy Day , 1927-1928
New England Council
Newington Home for Crippled Children
North Carolina Box Suit
Norwich State Hospital
Notaries Public 335
Notary Fees - Deposit Slips 336
Post Office (Hartford)
President Coolidge
Press Matters
Proclamations and Statements
Prohibition
Public Notices
Public Utilities Commission
Railroad Matters
Railroad Policemen
Reports 337
Requisitions 338
Resignations
Rewards - Offer of
Rivers, Harbors & Bridges Commission
Society of Executives
Soldiers, Fitch's Home for & Soldiers Hospital
Soldiers Hospital Board
Soldiers Hospital Board - Minutes of Meetings
Soldiers, National Home for Disabled Volunteers
State Agencies and Institutions 339
State Athletic Commission
State Attorneys
State Board of Accountancy
State Board of Health
State Farm for Women
State Institutions, Commission
State Library
State Park and Forest Commission
State Police, Dept. of
State Prison 340
State Treasurer
State Water Commission
Tax Commissioner (Tax Matters)
Tuberculosis Commission, State
United States Senate - Wash[ington] D.C
Veterans Bureau 341
War Trophies
Washington
Waterways - Conn[ecticut] River & Mass[achusetts] Ware & Swift Rivers
Y.M.C.A.
Yale Corporation
1929-1931
Accountancy, State Board of 342
Agriculture, State Dep[artmen]t of
American Legion
American School for the Deaf
Anniversary Celebrations
Appointments - Requesting Office
Appointments - Special Committees and Commissions
Appointments - State Offices , 1929 January
Associations, Conferences, Clubs 343
Athletic Commission, State
Attorney General's Opinions
Aviation
Aviation - Colonial & Personal 344
Aviation - State
Bank Commissioner - State
Barbers Commission
Bill - General Assembly Matters 345
Bills - Special Session August , 1929
Blind, B[oar]d of Education of
Board of Finance and Control
Board of Finance and Control - Meetings
Board of Pardons, 3 folders 346
Child Welfare, Bureau of
Coal
Commissioner to Investigate New Portland - Middletown Bridge
Commissioner of Deeds 347
Compensation Commissioner
Complaints
Comptroller
Conn[ecticut] Agricultural College
Conn[ecticut] Agriculture College - Minutes of Meetings
Conn[ecticut] Agricultural Experiment Station
Conn[ecticut] Agricultural Experiment Station - Notice of Meetings
Conn[ecticut] Chamber of Commerce
Conn[ecticut] Prison Association - Conn. Reformatory
Conn[ecticut] School for Boys at Meriden , 2 folders 348
Conn[ecticut] State Hospital [Middletown]
Conn[ecticut] Tercentenary
County Jails 349
Court of Common Pleas
Credentials
Credentials - Dairy and Food Commissioner
Dental Commissioner
Department of Public Welfare
Department of State - Washington
Domestic Animals Commission
Education, State Board of
Education, State Board of - Meetings
Education, State Board of - Reports
Elections - Special
Examiners of Embalmers, State Board of 350
Extraditions [See Requisitions]
Fish and Game Department
Forests and Wildlife, State Commission on
Fort Griswold Tract Commission
G. A. R. [Grand Army of the Republic]
Geological and Natural History Survey Commission
Governors' Conference National
Governors' Conference 1930 (Salt Lake City, Utah),
Hairdressers' Commission
Harbor Master
Hartford Chamber of Commerce
Healing Arts Board (See Medical Examining Board 351
Health, State Board of
Highway Commission, State
Immigration
Insurance Commissioner
Interstate Commerce Commission
Interstate Commerce Commission - Printed Matter
Invitations
Invitations , 5 folders 352
Invitations 353
Judge of Probate
Judicial Council
Kelly, Executive Secretary (Personal)
Labor, Dep[artmen]t of Factory &
Legislative
Long Lane Farm
Mansfield State Training School
Manufacturers' Association of Connecticut
Medical Examining Board
Metropolitan District Commission
Military 354
Military - Adjutant General's Orders
Miscellaneous, 5 folders 355
Miscellaneous 356
Motor Vehicle Commissioner
National Air Races - Chicago
National Safety Conference
New England Council
New York & New England Motorways Corporation
Newington Home for Crippled Children 357
Norwich State Hospital
Notaries Public
Notary Fees - Deposit Slips
Notices of Governor's Absence from the State
Nurses, State Board of - Examination and Registration
Park and Forest Commission
Pensions Commission
Political Campaign , 1930
Post Office (Hartford)
Press Matters
Proclamations & Statements 358
Prohibition
Public Utilities Commission
Railroad Matters
Railroad Policemen
Reports - Miscellaneous
Reports - Miscellaneous , 2 folders 359
Requisitions 360
Resignations
Rewards - Offer for
Rivers, Harbors & Bridges Commission
Rogers, Ernest E., Lieut. Gov. - Personal
"Save - A - Life" Campaign
Society of Executives
Soldiers - Aid from National Home
Soldiers - Fitch's Home for Soldiers 360
State Agencies & Institutions 360
State Attorneys
State Farm for Women
State Library 361
State Office Building
State Police
State Prison
State Treasurer 362
State Water Commission
Tax Commission (Tax Matters)
Taxes - National Bank Tax
Teachers' Retirement Board
Tuberculosis Commission, State
United States Senate - Wash[ington], D.C.
Veterans' Bureau 363
Washington
Waterways
Y.M.C.A
Yale Corporation