Harold M. Mulvey

Harold M. Mulvey (December 5, 1914 – February 27, 2000) was the 18th Attorney General of Connecticut, serving from 1963 to 1968.

Harold M. Mulvey
Harold M. Mulvey.jpg
18th Attorney General of Connecticut
In office
January 1963 – January 1968
GovernorJohn N. Dempsey
Preceded byAlbert L. Coles
Succeeded byRobert K. Killian
Personal details
BornDecember 5, 1914
New Haven, Connecticut
DiedFebruary 27, 2000 (aged 85)
Hamden, Connecticut
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materFordham University

Early life and careerEdit

Mulvey was born on December 5, 1914 in New Haven, Connecticut, and had four siblings.[1] He attended local public schools in New Haven, and then went off to college, receiving a Bachelor of Arts from Fordham University in 1938, and receiving his law degree from there in 1941.[1][2]

After serving in World War II in the Coast Guard for four years, he commenced private law practice for a brief period in New York, opened a law office in New Haven and then became the Corporation Counsel of New Haven under Mayor Richard C. Lee, from 1961 to 1963.[1][2] He had previously been a member of the Connecticut Marketing Authority from 1955 until 1961.[2]

Political and judicial careerEdit

In 1963, Mulvey, a Democrat, was appointed by Connecticut Governor John Dempsey to be the state Attorney General, to fill the unexpired term of Albert L. Coles.[1] He served for four years until 1967, when he won election to the office outright but resigned a year later to accept an appointment to the Connecticut Superior Court.[1]

During his time as a Superior Court judge, he presided over the emotionally-charged murder trials of several Black Panthers in the 1970s.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f MacFarquhar, Neil (March 1, 2000). "Harold M. Mulvey, 86, Judge At Tense Black Panther Trials". New York Times. Retrieved June 11, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Attorney General: Biographies of the Attorneys General". ct.gov. Retrieved June 11, 2015.