Hawley, Joseph Roswell

Hawley, Joseph Roswell

(1826–1905) journalist, soldier, U.S. representative/senator; born in Stewartsville, N.C. An abolitionist and founder of the Republican Party in Connecticut, he edited the Hartford Evening Press (1857–61). During the Civil War he attained the rank of major general in the Union army. He served as governor of Connecticut (1866–67) and then as editor of the Hartford Courant (1867). He went on to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives (Rep.; 1872–75, 1879–81) and then in the U.S. Senate (1881–1905). He also served as president of the Centennial Commission in 1876.
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