J. DWIGHT CHAFFEE, MANSFIELD: President the Natchaug Silk Company.
J. D. Chaffee was born in Mansfield, Conn., August 9, 1846. After finishing his education at Fitch's boarding school
at South Windham, he entered business with his father in manufacturing sewing silk and machine twist at Mansfield
Center and Willimantic, Conn., under the firm name of O. S. Chaffee & Son, which business was established by
the senior Chaffee in 1838. This connection was maintained with uninterrupted success for a long period of years.
In the spring of 1884, Colonel Chaffee became interested in the manufacture of silk and mohair braids for coat
bindings, the plant being at Willimantic. He has been a director of the Morrison Machine Company of Willimantic,
which was incorporated July, 1882, and is doing a flourishing business in the manufacture of silk machinery of
all kinds. He was also one of the incorporators of the Dime Savings Bank of Willimantic. He is now the president
of the Natchaug Silk Company of Willimantic, whose New York office is at 546 Broadway. Colonel Chaffee is a breeder
of thoroughbred Jersey cattle, and has upon his farm at Mansfield some of the best strains of Jersey blood to be
found upon the American Jersey cattle club book.
As a politician he has never entered into any scheme or device to put himself forward, as his strict attention
to business would not permit it. He represented his native town in the legislature in 1874, and acquitted himself
with credit as clerk on the committee of cities and boroughs. He was palled upon to represent the twenty fourth
district in the senate of 1885, and responded with a majority larger than was ever given a candidate, republican
or otherwise, in his own town, and for the ;first time in the history of the party carried every town in the district.
He served the first year upon the committee of fisheries, and had the satisfaction of seeing all the bills reported
favorably by himself pass both houses. The last year in the senate he served upon the labor committee, which had
before it every conceivable bill that might seem to benefit laborers. The press gave him great credit for his deliberations
and as being fair and conscientious in his reports.
As a military man, Colonel Chaffee has had no training whatever, but his selection by Governor Lounsbury to a position
upon his staff as aid-de-camp, with rank of colonel, in 1887, gave great satisfaction to all people with whom he
Illustrated Popular Biography
Compiled and Published by J. A. Spalding
Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co.
Hartford, Conn. 1891
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