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Hiram Bingham
Hiram Bingham
American, 1875 - 1956
Biography: Biographical information from "Biographical Dictionary of the United States Congress." "Hiram Bingham, the father of Jonathan Brewster Bingham, was a Senator from Connecticut, born in Honolulu, Hawaii, November 19, 1875. He attended Yale University from 1894-1898. He was a South American explorer credited with the discovery of the Incan ruins at Machu Picchu. He was a captain in the Connecticut National Guard in 1916. He served as lieutenant governor of Connecticut from 1922-1924; elected Governor of Connecticut on November 4, 1924, but served only briefly; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate on December 16, 1924, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Frank B. Brandegee in the term ending March 3, 1927; re-elected in 1926 and served from January 8, 1925, to March 3, 1933; unsuccessful candidate for re-election in 1932. He died in Washington, D.C. on June 6, 1956, and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia."