Thomas Rutherford Trowbridge II
Born: Mar. 3, 1839, New Haven, Fairfield Co., Connecticut
Died:  Oct. 25, 1898, Litchfield, Connecticut
Parents: Thomas Rutherford Trowbridge I & Caroline Hoadley
Occupation:  businessman
Public Service: US Consul to Barbados, City Councilman, New Haven; President of the New Haven Board of Alderman
Religious Affiliation: Center Church, New Haven, Fairfield Co., Connecticut
Marriage: Nov. 22, 1864, New Haven, Fairfield Co., Connecticut
Wife: Katherin Bacon
Born: April 18, 1844, Lancaster, Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania
Died: still living, 1906, New Haven, Fairfield Co., Connecticut
Parents: Gen. Francis Bacon & Elizabeth Sheldon Dutcher
Religious Affiliation: Center Church, New Haven, Fairfield Co., Connecticut

Children:

Francis Bacon Trowbridge

Edith Champion Trowbridge
Born: June 29, 1870, New Haven, Fairfield Co., Connecticut
Died: Feb. 28, 1896, Florence, Italy


"THE TROWBRIDGE GENEALOGY, HISTORY OF THE TROWBRIDGE FAMILY IN AMERICA", Pages 101, 105
Compiled by Francis Bacon Trowbridge, (New Haven Ct., Tuttle, Morehouse &Taylor, 1906 )

71. THOMAS RUTHERFORD TROWBRIDGE  (Thomas R. 49, Henry 33, Rutherford 16, Daniel 9, Thomas 4, Thomas 2, Thomas 1),
born March 3, 1839, in New Haven,
Conn.; died October 25, 1898, in Litchfield, Conn.; married November 22, 1864, in New Haven, Katherine Bacon, daughter of Gen. Francis and Elizabeth Sheldon (Dutcher) Bacon, born April 18, 1844, in Lancaster, Pa. She resides in New Haven.
Thomas R. Trowbridge received his early education in his native city at the well known schools of Amos Smith, Lewis M. Mills and Stiles French.  After leaving school he became identified with the firm of H. Trowbridge’s Sons, West India merchants, of New Haven, which had been founded by his grandfather.  The ofices were on Long wharf, and it was in them, with his father and uncles, that he began his business career.  At the age of nineteen he was sent to the West India branch of the firm, and lived in the islands of Barbados and Trinidad five years.  On March 10, 1863, while living in Trinidad, he was appointed to act as United States consul there, and performed the duties of that ofice for several months.  In the summer of 1863 he returned to New Haven, and was admitted a partner in his firm. A few years later the business was transferred to New York, as that city ofiered a more convenient port, although the main ofice continued to be in New Haven. Changing methods of trade and of transportation, leading ultimately to a modification of the West India business, induced Mr. Trowbridge and his brothers to withdraw from business, and the firm was finally dissolved by mutual consent in 1891.   During all that time, thirty-six years, Mr. Trowbridge had been one of its most active members and in later years a partner.  Since his retirement from business he had been occupied with his private interests and those of the institutions with which he was connected.  Mr. Trowbridge was always interested actively in whatever concerned the welfare of New Haven, and, although never taking a very prominent part in the politics of the city, held several public oflices of trust. He served in both branches of the city council, and was president of the board of aldermen in 1886.  In that year he was a candidate for mayor on the Republican ticket, but was defeated, although he reduced considerably the usual large Democratic majority.  He was one of the organizers of and was the first president of the Republican League Club, in the interests of which he was active for many years.  He was also for several years president of the New Haven Board of Harbor Commissioners.  He was a. stanch supporter of the First (Center) Church of New Haven, with which he united in 1858, and as a member of its society’s committee rendered eflicient service. Mrs. Trowbridge united with the First Church in 1878  In the field of historical research Mr. Trowbridge’s contributions are well known and will always be valued. It was through his efiorts that funds were raised for the memorial tablets set in the walls of Center Church and’ that the crypt below was restored. He was a leading spirit in planning and carrying through the celebrations which during the twenty-five years that preceded his death had commemorated the city’s growth and history; and many of the tablets which mark historic spots were placed as a result of his researches and under his personal supervision. He was connected with the New Haven Colony Historical Society for thirty years as a director, secretary, and president, and rendered important service to the society in contributing and securing additions to its collections.  He also compiled a number of papers which he read before the society. He was at great pains to investigate the facts connected with the subjects upon which he wrote, and his papers are regarded as trustworthy records of early New Haven history. These papers contain many valuable references to the business, commercial and social life of the colony and city. He was an authority on Connecticut shipping interests and was familiar with their history from the earliest records. His writings are preserved in the published “Collections” of the historical society, those on the “Ancient Houses of New Haven” and the
“Ancient Maritime Interests of New Haven” being the most important.  Among his other papers were “A Sketch of the History of the.New Haven Colony
Historical Society," written for the opening of the society’s present building in 1892, and “The Action between the Chesapeake and the Shannon.”  He also
contributed articles for several histories and historical publications.  Mr. Trowbridge died at his country place in Litchfield, where he had passed his summers for many years. At the time of his death he was president of the New Haven Colony Historical Society and the Mercantile Safe Deposit Company,  a director of the Mechanics Bank, a trustee of the New Haven Savings Bank,  the New Haven Orphan Asylum and the New Haven City Burial Ground, a member of the committee of the First Ecclesiastical Society, the New Haven Proprietors Committee, the American Historical Association, the Society of Colonial Wars, the Sons of the American Revolution, the New Haven Chamber of Commerce and the New York Produce Exchange, a vice—president of the Connecticut Humane Society, and an honorary member of several historical societies in difierent parts of the country.

The late Prof. James M. Hoppin of Yale University, who was a neighbor of Mr. Trowbridge both in New Haven and Litchfield, wrote in his memory this
tribute of a friend: “The business and public life of Mr. Trowbridge has been set forth by those better able to do it, and I would but add a brief word of his personal qualities as they appeared to a friend's eye.  He had a noble personality.  He was a whole-souled man.  His heart and hand were open as the day.  He was of generous, manly nature, but did good modestly and his good actions were not always recorded in subscription lists or newspapers.  Many a young man was aided along in life by him.  Many a poor widow’s heart was made to sing with joy by his timely benefactions. He was quick in his sympathi with the joys and sorrows of others. He judged men albeit shrewdly, but kindly and genially.  While ardently attached, traditionally so, to his own church. he was broad-minded towards other religious denominations and had friends in them all, whether Protestant or Catholic. A New Haven man to the core, he was also beloved in Litchfield, where he had his country home. None knew better than he the whole region of Litchfield county and its pleasant drives. He had an eye to nature and scenery. Among his dying requests was to be moved to the window where he might see the eastern hills on which lay the sunrise light-—his last morning on earth.  “Mr. Trowbridge had a great love for historical researches, and much that is curious in the history of his native city and state, picked up by him in odd corners and ways, will die with him.  His library, which was a fine one for a private collection, was composed largely of books relating to American and English history, and, above all, the naval and maritime history of the country.  The papers which he read before the New Haven Colony Historical Society on these and kindred topics, and published in the records of the society are, in their carefully collated facts, of real value. His personal observations also in regard to the West Indies were exceedingly interesting, mingling as he did in writing and conversation the narrative and the general in his remarks.  He was the type of a good citizen, awake to every popular interest, not seeking his own advancement nor jealous of the advancement of others, but working on the lines of sound sense and honest politics, whether of a local or national character.  He was a man who
disliked controversy, and while ready to defend his own opinions with spirit, was willing to give others the same chance, and thus he avoided bitter strife. There was something sweet-hearted about him which prevented him from having enmities, or arousing ill-will.  He would rather be the anvil than the hammer.  to take than to give ofiense. He was a loyal, unselfish friend, a man of absolute integrity and honor. And so another pilgrim of us on life’s dusty road has gone to his everlasting rest.”"'

CHILDREN BORN IN NEW HAVEN, CONN.

96. i. FRANCIS BACON, b. June 7. 1868.

ii. EDITH CHAMPION, b. June 29, 1870: d. Feb. 28. 1896, in Florence, Italy: unm.  Her life was a simple and genuine life, yet full of earnest purpose. While at Miss Porter's school in Farmington she had developed a decided artistic talent, and she afterwards became a member of the Yale Art School. where her work was regarded as giving excellent promise. But it was in the history of art that she found her favorite line of study, and she was making her second visit abroad for the purpose of studying Italian painting. In New Haven she was active in the organization of a working girls’ club, in which she was deeply though unassumingly interested. The perfect sincerity of her character andher high ideals and her largeheartedness endeared her to all who were associated with her.  New Haven Register, Oct. 26. 1898.



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