By Kevin Murphy
While president of Aetna existence from 1879 to 1922, Morgan Bulkeley served 4 phrases as mayor of Hartford, phrases as Connecticut’s governor, and one time period as a usa senator. His acquaintances and enterprise and political associates have been a who’s who of the Gilded Age: Samuel Clemens, J. P. Morgan, Samuel and Elizabeth Colt, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Leland Stanford, Charles Crocker, Albert Spalding, normal Sherman, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Katherine Hepburn, in addition to each president from Ulysses furnish to Warren Harding. In 1874 Bulkeley shaped the Hartford darkish Blues who quickly joined the unruly nationwide organization, antecedent of the nationwide League. He served because the league’s first president for a yr, and used to be later elected to the Baseball corridor of popularity in Cooperstown. It was once in the course of Bulkeley’s debatable “holdover” time period as governor that he earned the nickname “Crowbar Governor.” He used a crowbar to take away a lock that have been put on his place of work door after refusing to vacate the governor’s chambers on a technicality. Written in vintage storyteller style, and augmented by way of copious learn, Crowbar Governor offers readers a privileged glimpse into existence and politics in Connecticut through the Gilded Age.
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M. , the men cleaned their muskets, took swimming baths, and attended to other personal matters. m. there was brigade drill, commanded by Gen. Max Weber. Each man was assigned to picket duty—two miles out—once every ﬁfth day. On the day a soldier came o√ picket duty, he joined the camp clean-up squad. ∫∑ Suddenly on July 3, orders came down to break camp and prepare to march. Tents were struck, baggage packed, and unnecessary articles thrown away. Speculation ran high as to where they were headed.
This double letter is the only Civil War correspondence of Morgan Bulkeley that survives: Coleman’s Eutaw House Baltimore, Maryland July 24, 1861 Dear Mother, I left New York rather unexpected last evening for a trip to the seat of war, and as you will see above, am now at Baltimore. Have spent the whole day with Billy at camp and visiting Mr. Hicks [Aunt Eunie’s father] at Fort McHenry. And we both leave tonight for Washington, from which place I brooklyn heights ≥∞ will write you at the earliest moment.
This is unlikely because at that age he would have been fresh out of grade school. Most important, when Bacon Academy held its 100th anniversary in 1903, the ≤≠ crowbar governor school listed its most distinguished alumni as Senator Lyman Trumbull of Illinois, Governor William Buckingham of Connecticut, and Morrison Waite, chief justice of the United States. ∫∑ What are we to think when Morgan Bulkeley refused to mention Bacon Academy and the school declined to embrace him? ’’∫π Unfortunately, the school does not have records back that far.
Crowbar Governor: The Life and Times of Morgan Gardner Bulkeley by Kevin Murphy