Carl R. Ajello

Carl R. Ajello (born August 22, 1932) was the 20th Attorney General of Connecticut, serving from 1975 to 1984.

Carl R. Ajello
20th Connecticut Attorney General
In office
January 1975 – January 1983
GovernorElla Grasso
William A. O'Neill
Preceded byRobert K. Killian
Succeeded byJoe Lieberman
Personal details
Born (1932-08-22) August 22, 1932 (age 87)
Ansonia, Connecticut
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materUniversity of Connecticut
New York University School of Law

Early life and careerEdit

Ajello was born in the city of Ansonia, Connecticut on August 22, 1932 to Carl and Kathryn Arjello.[1] He attended public schools in Ansonia before graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Connecticut in 1953. He then went to graduate school, receiving a LL.B. and J.D.S. in law from New York University School of Law in 1956.[2]

He later enlisted in the army, serving in the Judge Advocate General's Corps from 1957 to 1960. He was lieutenant when he first enlisted and discharged as a captain.[2]

Political and judicial careerEdit

Ajello, a member of the Democratic Party, was elected Justice of the Peace for the city of Ansonia for the 1960-1962 term; he also served as Corporation Counsel for Ansonia from 1965-1968. He was elected as a member of the Connecticut General Assembly in 1963, and served as the Assistant House Majority Leader in the 1967 session, House Majority Leader in the 1969 and 1971-1972 sessions; House Minority Leader in the 1973-1974 sessions.[2]

He was elected Connecticut Attorney General in 1974 and re-elected in 1978, serving two terms from 1975-1983.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

He lives in Hamden, Connecticut, having relocated from his original hometown of Ansonia, Connecticut, with his wife, Jacqueline, and their two children, Michele and Carl.[1] He's a member of multiple legal associations, including the Connecticut Bar Association.[1] He also has two grandsons and one granddaughter. Most notably his grandson Jackson Ajello attends Syracuse University and his granddaughter attends Bucknell University. His heritage is half Italian and half Irish. Carl Ajello was a practicing Roman Catholic until 2006 when he became a Zen Buddhist, which he remained until 2013, when he became a Quaker.


  1. ^ a b c "Register and Manual – State of Connecticut 1980". Mocavo. Retrieved June 10, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d "Attorney General: Biographies of the Attorneys General"., the Connecticut State Government website. Retrieved June 10, 2015.
Legal offices
Preceded by
Robert K. Killian
Attorney General of Connecticut
Succeeded by
Joseph I. Lieberman