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Robert J. Vance

HON. ROBERT J. VANCE, NEW BRITAIN: Journalist; Editor "New Britain Herald."

Hon. Robert Johnston Vance of New Britain, who represented the first Connecticut district in the fiftieth congress, is a leading member of the democratic party in this state. He was a member of the Connecticut delegation in the national democratic convention at St. Louis in 1888, and was president of the state democratic convention at New Haven during the same year. At the state convention, which was held in Hartford, September 16, 1890, Mr. Vance made one of the ablest speeches in that body, eliciting enthusiastic approval from the delegates. The ex-congressman began his political career as the city clerk of New Britain, occupying the position from 1878 until 1887. In 1886 he represented New Britain in the legislature with decided ability and success. For the past ten years he has been a member of the democratic state central committee and is at present chairman of its executive board. This fact alone indicates the sense of confidence and trust which is felt in his ability and leadership. 

Mr. Vance is the editor and associate proprietor of the New Britain Herald, and is one of the ablest newspaper men in the state. He was the staff correspondent of the New York Sun in Washington during the winter of 1889-90. Aside from his editorial work he is actively connected with business interests in New Britain, occupying the presidency of the New Britain Electric Light Company and directorship in other business concerns. He is a member of Harmony Lodge, No. 20, F. and A. M., of New Britain, and is also a member of the order of Odd Fellows in that city. 

The family of Mr. Vance consists of a wife and one child. The former was Miss Matilda O’Connor prior to her marriage. The ex-congressman was born in New York city March 15, 1854, and is now in the very prime of manhood. He was educated in the New Britain High school and has traveled extensively, spending considerable time in Europe. He is a gentleman of the most delightful personality and is the possessor of hosts of friends in this state.

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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