Biography of Hon. Henry C. Dwight
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HON. HENRY C. DWIGHT, HARTFORD: Mayor.

Henry C. Dwight was born at Northampton, Mass., January 19, 1841. His father, Henry A. Dwight, was for a number of years at the head of an educational institute at Norfolk, Va., and Henry C. was there with him during 1853 and 1854. Returning north, he engaged early in life in the dry goods trade at Northampton, and was living there at the outbreak of the war. He enlisted in the three months service, but the Northampton quota being filled, he was not able to go to the front with the first troops from the state. He again enlisted in September, 1861, and was instrumental in organizing Company A of the Twenty seventh Massachusetts regiment. September 20, 1861, he was appointed Sergeant Major of the command, and was with it through the Burnside Expedition in North Carolina. In December, 1861, he was appointed Second Lieutenant of Company H, and April I, 1862, he was promoted to the First Lieutenancy of Company A. In August of that year he received his captain's commission. Mr. W. P. Derby, in his admirable history of the Twenty seventh Massachusetts, speaks in the highest terms of Captain Dwight. "Fortunately for Company A," he says, " there was one in the regiment, by birth and association allied with them, who was a natural leader, of courage and ability, and to him the command fell." Captain Dwight's advancement was won through earnest and valiant services at the front. He remained with his regiment in North Carolina until the fall of 1863, when he was assigned to provost duty at Norfolk, where he had passed a couple of years, 1853 and 1854, as a student under his father's direction and tutorship. He remained there until the spring of 1864, when he accompanied his regiment in the James River campaign under General Butler. March 1, 1864, he was appointed recruiting officer of the Twenty seventh, and under his leadership 343 members reenlisted. He served with the Twenty seventh until May 16, 1864, when, under special order from headquarters, Eighteenth Army Corps, he was assigned to staff service as assistant commissary of subsistence, and remained with the second division of the corps until the close of his term of service, September 28, 1864. Throughout his army career of three years, "Captain Dwight's intelligent, courageous, patriotic service," says Mr. Derby, "with his genial, self forgetful spirit, inspired universal confidence and regard." He is still one of the regiment's most popular representatives, and is president of the regimental association.

General Dwight removed from Northampton to Hartford in January, 1865, and has since resided here. He engaged in business with E. N. Kellogg & Co., wool dealers, and afterwards with Austin Dunham & Sons. In 1879, with Drayton Hillyer of this city, he organized the firm of H. C. Dwight & Co., at present Dwight, Skinner & Co., conducting an extensive wool trade throughout the West, Southwest, and New England. General Dwight has served in the court of common council from the fourth ward, both as alderman and councilman, several years, and was a member of the board of street commissioners about ten years. He is a director in the American National Bank and the Phoenix Insurance Company, vice president and trustee of the Mechanics Savings Bank, a member of the south district school committee, and sustains other minor official relations with the institutions of the city. In April, 1890, he was elected mayor of Hartford, the duties of which office he discharges with ability and dignity.

Mayor Dwight was one of the charter members of Robert O. Tyler Post, G. A. R., of Hartford, and was commander of the Union Veteran Battalion on Battle Flag Day, and also on Buckingham Day. As an old soldier and citizen, as well as in his official capacity, he enjoys the fullest confidence of the public, and is a man whom all delight in honoring.

From:
Illustrated Popular Biography
Of Connecticut
Compiled and Published by J. A. Spalding
Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co.
Hartford, Conn. 1891


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