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Samuel Augustus Foot (November 8, 1780 – September 15, 1846; his surname is also spelled Foote) was the 28th Governor of Connecticut as well as a United States Representative and Senator.

Samuel Augustus Foot
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28th Governor of Connecticut
In office
May 7, 1834 – May 6, 1835
LieutenantThaddeus Betts
Preceded byHenry W. Edwards
Succeeded byHenry W. Edwards
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's at-large district
In office
March 4, 1833 – May 9, 1834
Preceded byRalph I. Ingersoll
Succeeded byEbenezer Jackson, Jr.
United States Senator
from Connecticut
In office
March 4, 1827 – March 3, 1833
Preceded byHenry W. Edwards
Succeeded byNathan Smith
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's at-large district
In office
March 4, 1823 – March 3, 1825
Preceded byDaniel Burrows
Succeeded byRalph I. Ingersoll
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's at-large district
In office
March 4, 1819 – March 3, 1821
Preceded bySylvester Gilbert
Succeeded byDaniel Burrows
Member of the Connecticut House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
BornNovember 8, 1780
Cheshire, Connecticut
DiedSeptember 15, 1846(1846-09-15) (aged 65)
Cheshire, Connecticut
Political partyWhig
Spouse(s)Eudocia Hull Foot
ChildrenAndrew Hull Foote
Alma materYale College
Litchfield Law School
Professionfarmer, politician


Born November 8, 1780 in Cheshire, Connecticut, to John & Abigail (Hall) Foot. Having entered Yale College at the age of thirteen, was the youngest student in the graduating class of 1797. He attended the Litchfield Law School when he was seventeen, but discontinued law studies due to ill health. He then moved to New Haven, Connecticut; became a West India Trader and made many voyages for his health.[1] He married Eudocia Hull in 1803 and they had seven children (the second of whom was Andrew Hull Foote).


When the War of 1812 Embargo Act ruined his business, Foot returned to his father's farm in Cheshire in 1813, engaged in agricultural pursuits and politics.

Foot was a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives in 1817 and 1818, and was elected to the Sixteenth Congress, serving from March 4, 1819 to March 3, 1821. He was again a member of the State house of representatives from 1821 to 1823 and 1825 to 1826, serving as speaker in 1825 to 1826; he was elected to the Eighteenth Congress, serving from March 4, 1823 to March 3, 1825. He was elected by the General Assembly to the U.S. Senate as an Adams' man (later Anti-Jacksonian) within the splintering Democratic Republican Party. He served in the Senate from March 4, 1827 to March 3, 1833.[2] In the Senate he is most noted for the "Foot Resolution" of December 29, 1829 to limit the sale of public lands. It was during debate on this resolution that Daniel Webster gave his "Liberty and Union, one and inseparable, now and forever" speech.

Foot was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1832; while in the United States Congress, he was chairman of the Committee on Pensions (Twenty-first and Twenty-second Congresses). He was elected to the Twenty-third Congress, and served from March 4, 1833, to May 9, 1834,[3] when he resigned to become Governor of Connecticut, a position he held in 1834 and 1835. He was an unsuccessful Whig candidate for governor in 1836. Foot later served as a presidential elector on the Clay-Frelinghuysen ticket in 1844.[4]


Foot died in Cheshire on September 15, 1846. He is interred at Hillside Cemetery Cheshire, Connecticut.[5]


  1. ^ "Samuel A Foot". Litchfield Historical Society. Retrieved 30 November 2012.
  2. ^ "Samuel A. foot". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 30 November 2012.
  3. ^ "Samuel A. Foot". Govtrack US Congress. Archived from the original on 21 April 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  4. ^ "Samuel A. Foot". National Governors Association. Retrieved 30 November 2012.
  5. ^ "Samuel A. Foot". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 30 November 2012.

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