Abiram Chamberlain

Abiram Chamberlain (December 7, 1837 – May 15, 1911) was an American politician, and the 60th Governor of Connecticut from 1903 to 1905.

Abiram Chamberlain
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60th Governor of Connecticut
In office
January 7, 1903 – January 4, 1905
LieutenantHenry Roberts
Preceded byGeorge P. McLean
Succeeded byHenry Roberts
Comptroller of Connecticut
In office
GovernorGeorge P. McLean
Preceded byThompson S. Grant
Succeeded byWilliam E. Seeley
Member of the Connecticut House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
BornDecember 7, 1837
Colebrook, Connecticut, U.S.
DiedMay 15, 1911 (aged 73)
Meriden, Connecticut, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Charlotte E. Roberts
ChildrenAlbert R Chamberlain
Alma materWilliston Seminary
Professionengineer, banker, politician


Chamberlain was born in Colebrook, Connecticut on December 7, 1837, son of Abiram Chamberlain and Sophronia Ruth (Burt) Chamberlain.[1] He was a student of civil engineering at the Williston Seminary, in Easthampton, Massachusetts. He was married on November 21, 1872, to Charlotte E. Roberts and they had two children. Chamberlain worked at father's engineering firm for many years.


Chamberlain entered into banking and at the age of thirty, in 1867, he was elected Cashier of the Home National Bank of Meriden and moved to that city. In 1881 he was elected president of that bank and served as president of the New Britain National Bank in 1881. He also served as vice president of the Meriden Savings Bank.[2]

Entering into politics in the 1870s, as a member of the Meriden city council, Chamberlain also served as a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1877 to 1878, and was Connecticut's state comptroller from 1901 to 1902.

Chamberlain won the 1902 Republican gubernatorial nomination, and was elected Connecticut's 43rd governor. During his tenure, he signed legislation that sanctioned the establishment of the Connecticut State Police, and he endorsed laws that assisted workers.[3] On January 4, 1905, Chamberlain left office and retired from public service. He returned to his various business interests in Meriden.


Chamberlain died on May 15, 1911. He is interred at Walnut Grove Cemetery, Meriden, New Haven County, Connecticut.[4]


  1. ^ "Abiram Chamberlain". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
  2. ^ Abiram Chamberlain. The governors of Connecticut: biographies of the chief executives. 1905. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
  3. ^ "Abiram Chaamberlain". National Governors Association. Archived from the original on 18 January 2012. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
  4. ^ "Abiram Chamberlain". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 10 December 2012.

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Political offices
Preceded by
George P. McLean
Governor of Connecticut
Succeeded by
Henry Roberts