TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Biographical Note

Scope and Content

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Container List

Series 1. Correspondence

Series 2. Subject Files

Series 3. Charges against William J. Cox, Highway Commissioner 1942

RG 005:028, Office of the Governor: Robert A. Hurley (1941-1943)

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 (1941-1943 : Hurley)
Title: Robert A. Hurley records
Dates: 1941-1943
Quantity: 7.75 cubic feet
Abstract: Gov. Robert A. Hurley's correspondence and subject files.
Identification: RG005_028
Accession: Multiple
Language: The records are in English.

Biographical Note

Born: August 25, 1895 at Bridgeport, Connecticut.
College: Lehigh University.
Political Party: Democrat.
Offices: Governor of Connecticut, 1941-1943.
Died: May 3, 1968 at West Hartford, Connecticut.

The election of Robert Hurley marked the first time that Connecticut placed a Catholic into the office of governor. It had taken just over 300 years for the state's political process to move to the point where it would accept a non-Protestant for this position. Hurley grew up in Bridgeport and attended Lehigh University where he was a top athlete. His education was disrupted by his service with the U.S. Navy in World War I. After the war he played professional football and semi-professional baseball before working with his father in the construction and engineering business. Later he owned his own company. He was married to Evelyn Hedberg and they had three children.

Hurley was named director of Fairfield County's Work Project Administration in 1935 and two years later he became Connecticut's first Public Works commissioner. An advocate of the New Deal, Hurley defeated Wilbur Cross at the 1940 Democratic state convention and went on to wrest the governor's position from incumbent, Raymond Baldwin. During his one term he was able to introduce some reform programs to help workers and the unemployed. He also helped Connecticut's rural areas receive electricity. As the United States became more involved with World War II, Hurley pushed the state to be prepared for the conflict even though this was done at the expense of New Deal programs. As a war governor he was able to obtain assurances from labor and industry that strikes would not occur. Production problems at home and the rationing of consumer products led some voters to disapprove of his administration. Yet, most of the people in Connecticut were employed and prosperity had been realized.

Hurley sought to be reelected in 1942, but he lost to former governor, Raymond Baldwin. He won his party's nomination in 1944, but again lost to Baldwin. Hurley then retired from politics and this allowed the Democratic Party, which had split into factions, to become unified two years later under its new party chairman, John Bailey. Hurley became an officer in a company in Rhode Island, but he lived in West Hartford for 30 years. He is buried in the town's Fairview Cemetery. His house still stands and is privately owned.

Bibliography

Congressional Quarterly's Guide to United States Elections. Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly, 1994 [CSL call number GIS Ref JK 1967 .C662 1994.

Glashan, Roy R. American Governors and Gubernatorial Elections, 1775-1975. Stillwater, Minn.: Croixside Press, 1975 [CSL call number JK 2447 .G53 1975].

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. Robert A. Hurley's records are correspondence and subject files related to state agencies, commissions, legislative bills, and appointments among other topics.

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Arrangement

Series 1. Correspondence.

Series 2. Subject Files.

Series 3. Charges against William J. Cox, Highway Commissioner.

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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:

Hurley, Robert Augustine, 1895-

Subjects:

Connecticut -- History -- Sources
Connecticut -- Politics and government -- 1865-1950 -- Sources
Connecticut. Office of the Governor -- Archives
Governors -- Connecticut -- Archives
Hurley, Robert Augustine, 1895- -- Archives

Document Types:

Correspondence
Records

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Container List

Series 1. Correspondence, Accession: T001237
Box
General A, B, D, L, M, P, Q, S, T, U, V, W 435
Series 2. Subject Files, Accession: T001237
Box
Adjutant General (Armory) 436
Adjutant General - Legislation (Suggested)
Aeronautic Department
Aeronautical Development Commission
Agriculture, Department of
Agriculture, Establishing Department of – (Leg[islation])
American Legion, Dept. of Conn.
Appointments (By Gov[ernor])
Athletic Commission
Attorney General
Auditors of Public Accounts
Banking Department
Banking – Leg[islation]
Bar Association, State of Conn.
Barber Examiners, Board of
Bills – Labor (Leg[islation]) Vetoed
Bills – (List)
Bills – (List - Introduced, 1/29, 30 and 31/41)
Bills – (“Representative Town meeting Bill of Trumbull”) Vetoed (Leg[islation])
Bills - Vetoed
Boards and Commissions
Brasher Paintings
Bridge
Bridgeport, City of
Building Fund, Unappropriated Surplus of the
Cheshire Academy
Cheshire Academy Drive
Children in Democracy - (Governor’s Committee of the White House Conference)
Coast Guard – (Avery Point Site)
Complimentary Letters
Comptroller
Contingent Fund (Gov[ernor])
Council of State Governments, The
County Jails
Crime
Dairy and Food Commission
Danbury Hatters
Defense
Defense - Air Corps Commissions
Defense - Airports
Defense - Aluminum
Defense – ATCA [Air Training Corps of America. Pre-flight Instruction]
Defense – Aviation
Defense – Bomber Plane
Defense – Bonds
Defense – Camp Blanding
Defense – Camp Edwards and Fort Terry
Defense – Car Freezing
Defense – Casualties
Defense – Coal
Defense – Commission - Legislation
Defense – Committee, Joint Executive
Defense – Committee to Defend America by Aiding the Allies
Defense – Conn. War Ind[ustries] Com[mission] 437
Defense – Conservation
Defense – Education
Defense – Evacuation
Defense – Finance
Defense – Fishing Coordination
Defense – Fuel Oil
Defense – Gas
Defense – Guards for Plant Protection
Defense – Health and Welfare
Defense – Housing – Emergency Committee
Defense – Job Discrimination Committee [Report of Conference and Correspondence]
Defense – Labor [4 folders]
Defense – Labor Compact 438
Defense – Labor Disputes
Defense – Legal Aid
Defense – Manpower
Defense – Merritt Parkway
Defense – Migratory Workers
Defense – Military Coordinator
Defense – Negroes [Correspondence with Harold R. Peters, New Haven, 1942]
Defense – (Post-War)
Defense – Precautions
Defense – Price Administration
Defense – Priorities on Materials
Defense – Production Clinic
Defense – Rent Control
Defense – Sabotage - 5th Column Activities, etc.
Defense – Salvage
Defense –Selective Service – Negroes [Governor Hurley favors drafting blacks.]
Defense – Selective Service [3 folders]
Defense – Soldiers’ Recreation System 439
Defense – Taxation
Defense – Tire Rationing
Defense – United Service Organization
Development Commission
Development Commission – Legislation (Suggested)
Domestic Animals Commission
Eastern States Exposition
Education, Department of
Edwards, General – Memorial
Employment Serv[ice]
Extradition
Finance and Control, Dept. of (Administrative Division)
Finance and Control, Dept. of (Budget Division)
Finance and Control, Dept. of (Personnel Division)
Finance and Control, Dept. of (Purchasing Division)
Fire and Safety Hazards
Fish and Game, State Board of
Flood Control
Foreign Consuls in U. S. A.
Forestry Department
General Assembly, Messages to
General Assembly, Special Session, October 19, 1942
Geological and Natural History Survey, Connecticut
Governor (Car)
Governors’ Conference
Governor’s Foot Guards, 1st & 2nd Companies (Hartford & New Haven)
Governor’s Staff
Groton Ironworks
Group Life Insurance
Health and Safety Commission
Health Department
Highway and Bridges
Highway Department
Highway Dept. – (Carstens)
Highway Dept. – (Collier)
Highway Dept. – (Cox-Special)
Highway Dept. Funds
Highway Dept. – Legislation (Suggested)
House Bills
Housing - (Leg[islation])
Institutions – Conn. Reformatory
Institutions – Conn. State Farm for Women - Niantic
Institutions – Conn. State Hospital
Institutions – Conn. State Prison
Institutions – Fairfield State Hospital 440
Institutions – Mansfield Training School
Institutions – Norwich State Hospital
Institutions – Southbury Training School
Institutions – State Legislation - Miscellaneous
Insurance Department
Interceptor Command
Juvenile Courts (Leg[islation])
Labor
Labor and Factory Inspection
Labor and Factory Inspection (Unemployment Compensation Division)
Legal Opinions (Attorney General)
Legislative Bills
Library and Supreme Court Bldg., State
Liquor Control – Leg[islation]
Maritime Academy, (Mystic)
Marriages – (Requests for Authorization)
Merit System Legislation 1941
Merritt Parkway Commission
Milk Administration
Milk Control (Leg[islation])
Motor Vehicle Department
Motor Vehicle Dept. - Legislation
National Guard - Connecticut
Navy Day
Negro Employment Problem
New Haven Fire
New Haven Harbor Development
Nominations by Governor to G. A. [General Assembly]
N.Y.A. [National Youth Administration] – (Ceremonies, Feb. 27, 1942)
Offers of Reward
Pardons, State Board of
Park Department
Personnel Salary Increases
Petitions
Police Department
Prison (Leg[islation])
Proclamations
Propaganda Leg[islation]
Public Utilities Commission
Public Utilities Legislation
Public Welfare Department (Administrative Div[ision])
Public Welfare Department (Public Welfare Council)
Public Works Department
Public Works Reserve
Publicity - Movie
Publicity - New Releases
Publicity - Radio Broadcasts
Quartermaster General
Reapportionment
Resignations
Resolutions
Retirement Commission 441
Retirement of State Employees – Leg[islation]
Savings Bank Insurance – Trustees
Saxon, O. Glenn
Selective Service – Olson Case
Senate Bills
Sherwood Island
Soil Conservation – Leg[islation]
Soldiers’, Sailors’ and Marines’ Fund
Stamford, City of
State Guard - Connecticut
Statements [3 folders]
Statute Revision Department
Steamship Terminals Commission
Strubing Case
(Talbot vs. Fair - Chester Oil Co., Inc.)
Tax, Commission to Study (Temp[orary]) – (Leg[islation])
Tax Department (Administrative Div[ision])
Taxes
Traffic and Safety
Treasury Department
Tuberculosis Commission
Unemployment Compensation – (Federalization)
Unemployment Compensation – (Leg[islation])
Uniformity of Legislation in U.S., Conn. Commission for
University of Connecticut
University of Connecticut (Appropriation for R. O. T. C. facilities)
Veterans’ Home Commission
Volunteer Service – Conn. St[ate] Guard
Water Commission
Waters, Committee on New England
Works Progress Admin[istration] - Conn.
Series 3. Charges against William J. Cox, Highway Commissioner, 1942, Accession: 1993-149
Box
Volumes 1-7 1
Volumes 8-9 2