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Gideon "Father Neptune" Welles
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Born: July 1, 1802

Birthplace: Glastonbury, Connecticut

Father: Samuel Welles 1754 – 1834
(Buried: Green Cemetery, Glastonbury, Connecticut)

Mother: Anne Hale 1763 – 1816
(Buried: Green Cemetery, Glastonbury, Connecticut)

Wife: Mary Jane Hale 1817 – 1886
(Buried: Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford, Connecticut)

Married: June 16, 1835 in Lewiston, Pennsylvania

Children:

Anna Jane Welles 1836 – 1854​
(Buried: Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford, Connecticut)​
Samuel Welles 1838 – 1839​
(Buried: Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford, Connecticut)​
Edward Gideon Welles 1840 – 1843​
(Buried: Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford, Connecticut)​
Edgar Thaddeus Welles 1843 – 1914​
(Buried: Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford, Connecticut)​
Thomas Gideon Welles 1846 – 1892​
(Buried: Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford, Connecticut)​
John Arthur Welles 1849 – 1885​
(Buried: Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford, Connecticut)​
Herbert Welles 1852 – 1853​
(Buried: Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford, Connecticut)​
Hubert Welles 1853 – 1862​
(Buried: Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford, Connecticut)​
Mary Juanita Welles 1854 – 1858​
(Buried: Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford, Connecticut)​
Signature:
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Education:

Attended Cheshire Academy in Connecticut​
Attended American Literary, Scientific and Military Academy​

Occupation before War:

Journalist for Hartford Times Newspaper
1826 – 1837: Editor of Hartford Times Newspaper
Supported Andrew Jackson and Democratic Party with Newspaper​
1826 – 1835: Member of Connecticut State General Assembly​
United States Postmaster for Hartford, Connecticut​
1835 – 1836: Connecticut State Comptroller​
1842 – 1844: Connecticut State Comptroller​
1846 – 1849: Chief U.S. Navy Bureau of Provisions and clothing​
1848: Supporter of Martin Van Buren’s Presidential Campaign​
1854 – 1861: Active member of Republican Political Party​
1856: Founder of Hartford Evening Press Newspaper​
1856: Unsuccessful Republican Candidate for Governor​
1860: Chairman of Connecticut Delegation at Republican Convention​
1860: Strong Supporter of Abraham Lincoln’s Campaign​

Civil War Career:

1861 – 1869: United States Secretary of U.S. Navy Department​
1861 – 1865: His wife was a rare good friend to Mrs. Lincoln​
Known to have been a jealous cabinet rival of William Seward​
1865: His wife spent the night and following day of Lincoln’s Assassination with Mrs. Lincoln even though his wife suffered from a severe Cold.​
1865 – 1869: Supporter of Andrew Johnson’s Reconstruction Plan​

Occupation after War:

1869 – 1878: Lived in Hartford writing and editing journals​
1874: Author of Lincoln and Seward biography​
1911: His diary he had kept was published​

Died: February 11, 1878

Place of Death: Hartford, Connecticut

Cause of Death: Streptococcal infection of throat

Age at time of Death: 75 years old

Burial Place: Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford, Connecticut

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