John T. Wait

John Turner Wait (August 27, 1811 – April 21, 1899) was a U.S. Representative from Connecticut.

John Turner Wait
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's 3rd district
In office
April 12, 1876 – March 3, 1887
Preceded byHenry H. Starkweather
Succeeded byCharles Addison Russell
President pro tempore of the Connecticut Senate
Member of the Connecticut Senate
In office
Member of the Connecticut House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
BornAugust 27, 1811
DiedApril 21, 1899(1899-04-21) (aged 87)


Born in New London, Connecticut, Wait moved with his mother to Norwich, Connecticut. He attended the common schools and Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, for two years. He engaged in mercantile pursuits. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1836, and began the practicing law in Norwich this same year.

He served as state's attorney for the county of New London from 1842 to 1844 and 1846 to 1854. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election as Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut in 1854, 1855, 1856, and 1857. He served in the Connecticut Senate in 1865 and 1866, the latter year as president pro tempore. He served as member of the Connecticut House of Representatives in 1867, 1871, and 1873, serving as speaker in 1867.

Wait was elected as a Republican to the Forty-fourth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Henry H. Starkweather. He was reelected as a Republican to the Forty-fifth and to the four succeeding Congresses, serving from April 12, 1876, to March 3, 1887. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1886, and resumed the practice of his profession.

Congressman Wait was a first cousin of U.S. Chief Justice Morrison Waite.

He died in Norwich, Connecticut, April 21, 1899, and was interred in Yantic Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "John T. Wait (id: W000025)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by