Norwich in New London County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
William A. Buckingham House
Impressed by his Uncle’s retail establishment, young Buckingham first went into retailing and later invested in the manufacture of carpets and the rubber shoe industry. Successful in all of these enterprises, he amassed a fortune and was able to dedicate his life thereafter to public service.
He became Mayor of Norwich in 1847; elected Governor of the State of Connecticut in 1858. He was a loyal friend to candidate, and later President, Abraham Lincoln. Buckingham served Connecticut as Governor during the Civil War. After Lincoln’s assassination, Buckingham resigned his office in 1866. He was elected in May, 1868 to fill the first vacancy which occurred in the Senate of the United States. His remarkable career was an inspiration to all. He met the demand of every public occasion. Buckingham was a man of honor with strong religious commitments. Sympathetic and charitable, he
He died while in office on February 5, 1875. His funeral was attended by numerous national dignitaries.
His residence, this building, is dedicated as a memorial to the memory of William A. Buckingham — Mayor of Norwich, Governor of Connecticut, and United States Senator.
Erected by Chelsea-Groton Savings Bank.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Industry & Commerce • War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is May 28, 1804.
Location. 41° 31.454′ N, 72° 4.367′ W. Marker is in Norwich, Connecticut, in New London County. Marker is on Main Street 0.1 miles east of Franklin Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located beside the walkway, directly in front of the subject building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 307 Main Street, Norwich CT 06360, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Norwich and Worcester Railroad (within shouting distance of this marker); Hopkins & Allen Gun Factory (approx. 0.2 miles away); Once upon a time in Norwich... (approx. 0.2 miles away); David Ruggles Freedom Courtyard (approx. 0.2 miles away); Central Baptist ChurchAngelo Sanquedolce Memorial Plaza (approx. ¼ mile away); 26th Regiment Connecticut Volunteeers (approx. half a mile away); Slater Museum (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Norwich.
Regarding William A. Buckingham House. National Register of Historic Places #82004379. Also, a contributing property in Downtown Norwich Historic District, NRHP #85000707.
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1. William Alfred Buckingham (Wikipedia). The outbreak of the Civil War was the major reason for Buckingham's long tenure as Connecticut's governor. During his tenure, he dealt successfully with the effects of an economic panic that occurred in the state and with the outbreak of the Civil war. Before the General Assembly appropriated $2 million for military expenses, Buckingham had begun borrowing money in his own name to finance Connecticut's war efforts. (Submitted on April 25, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. William A. Buckingham House (Wikipedia). Buckingham is known to have had both Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant as guests. The house was purchased in 1898 by the local (Submitted on April 25, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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