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Alcorn, Hugh Meade, 1907-1992

 

Dates

  • Existence: 1907 - 1992

Born October 20, 1907 in Suffield, Connecticut, Meade Alcorn graduated from Dartmouth College in 1930, and from Yale Law School in 1933. Admitted to the bar that same year, he joined his father's law firm, Alcorn, Bakewell & Smith, becoming Senior partner on the elder Alcorn's retirement in 1938. Alcorn's political career began in 1937, when he was elected to the Connecticut House of Representatives. He served the Republican Party in Connecticut as Chairman of the Suffield Republican Town Committee, Floor Leader of the House, Speaker of the House, and as a delegate, several times over, to the Republican National Convention. He ran, unsuccessfully, for Lieutenant Governor in 1948. Also in 1948, Alcorn became a member of the Connecticut Republican State Central Committee, and in 1953, a member of the Republican National Committee. By 1955 he was Vice Chairman of the National Committee, and when his predecessor, Leonard hall, resigned in 1957, Alcorn accepted President Eisenhower's offer of the Chairmanship. Even after his own resignation in 1959, Alcorn retained his interest in politics; he was General Counsel to the National Committee until 1961. and in 1965, served as Republican Floor Leader at Connecticut's Constitutional Convention. After acting as New England Regional Coordinator for Nelson Rockefeller's failed Presidential campaign in 1968, Meade Alcorn returned to the practice of law. In 1983, he merged Alcorn, Bakewell & Smith with another law firm to form Tyler, Cooper & Alcorn. He retired in 1989. Meade Alcorn died January 13, 1992 in Suffield, Connecticut.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Hugh Meade Alcorn Jr. papers

ML-85
 Collection
Identifier: ML-85
Overview Huge Meade Alcorn, Jr. (1907-1992). Dartmouth College Class of 19390. The collection contains papers relating to his service as chairman of the Republican National Committee from 1957 to 1959.