Biographical Information:

Dates: 1853-1946
Dates in Ridgefield: lived on West Lane

non-fiction writer, novelist, politician, lawyer

Ridgefield came close to being home to three governors. In 1902, only a year after Ridgefield Republican George E. Lounsbury left office, Melbert Brinckerhoff Cary of West Lane ran for governor on the Democratic ticket – he had been chairman of the Democratic State Central Committee for several years. Cary lost to a Meriden Republican, but remained a power in state government as well as influential in Ridgefield goings on. A Princeton man who was a lawyer in New York City, Mr. Cary was also a writer, whose books included The Woman Without A Country and, when he was in his 80s, a novel, Back Stage. He was also longtime president of the board of Flower Hospital in New York. He died in 1946 at the age of 93; at the time he was the oldest living Princeton graduate.

Titles (partial):

The Connecticut Constitution (1900)
Woman Without a Country, 1934
Modern Alphabets, 1937
War Cards; A Prolusion, 1937
Back Stage, 1938

--Sources: Notable Ridgefielders-Jack Sanders; Amazon