LILLEY, George Leavens, (1859 - 1909)


”House Committee on Lilley Charges” (detail), photograph, 1909, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

LILLEY, George Leavens, a Representative from Connecticut; born in Oxford, Worcester County, Mass., August 3, 1859; attended the common schools of Oxford, the Worcester High School, and Worcester Technical Institute, Worcester, Mass.; moved to Waterbury, Conn., in 1881 and engaged in mercantile pursuits and the real estate business; served in the State house of representatives 1901-1903; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-eighth, Fifty-ninth, and Sixtieth Congresses and served from March 4, 1903, to January 5, 1909; did not seek renomination in 1908, having become a candidate for Governor; by resolution of the House of January 20, 1909, the seat was declared to have been vacated on January 6, 1909, for the reason that incumbent had entered upon the duties of the office of Governor of Connecticut the preceding day; Governor of Connecticut from January 5, 1909, until his death in Hartford, Conn., April 21, 1909; interment in Riverside Cemetery, Waterbury, Conn.