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Theodore Sedgwick Gold

THEODORE SEDGWICK GOLD, WEST CORNWALL: Secretary State Board of Agriculture.

The subject of this sketch was born at Madison, N. Y., March 2, 1818, and is a son of Dr. Samuel Wadsworth and Phebe (Cleveland) Gold. During that year his father returned to Cornwall, Conn., which was his native place. In 1824 he removed to Goshen, where he remained in the practice of his profession fifteen years. He then returned to Cornwall to till his ancestral acres. Theodore S. Gold graduated at Yale in 1835. He spent three years after graduation as teacher of Goshen and Waterbury academies, and as a student of medicine, botany, and mineralogy at New Haven. In 1842 he began farming with his father on Cream Hill, Cornwall, with no resources but their much-neglected farm. In 1845 they established on their farm the Cream Hill Agricultural School, which was successfully conducted till 1869. The advancement of the general agricultural interests of the state has been his favorite work. He originated the movement in 1850 which resulted in the formation in 1852 of the Connecticut State Agricultural Society, and from the beginning has held some official position in its control. In 1866, at the establishment of the Connecticut Board of Agriculture, he was chosen its secretary, which office he still holds. 

In 1864, he, with the aid of the names of the other corporators, obtained from the general assembly a charter for the "Connecticut Soldiers’ Orphans’ Home." This was located at Mansfield, and during its maintenance, or until 1874, he was secretary of the corporation. He was one of the editors of The Homestead, an agricultural paper published in Hartford from 1856 to 1861; and in 1878 published a history of Cornwall, Conn. He is a member of the board of control of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, and one of the trustees and secretary of the Storrs Agricultural School at Mansfield.

He was twice married: first, at Bridgeport, September 13, 1843, to Caroline E., daughter of Charles and Eunice Lockwood, who died April 25, 1857; and second, on the 4th of April, 1859, to Mrs. Emma (Tracy) Baldwin, daughter of A. W. Tracy of Rockville. He has had nine children, of whom six are living. The oldest son, Charles Lockwood, a graduate of the Sheffield School at Yale in 1883, is a farmer on Cream Hill; the youngest, James Douglas, a graduate of the same institution in 1888, is a student of medicine.

SourceIllustrated Popular Biography of Connecticut - 1891 Compiled and Published by J. A. Spalding Hartford Conn.  Press of the Case, Lockwood and Brainard Company 1891

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