Charles Custis

Charles Custis was born to slave parents in Virginia. As a teen he moved to New York. He was a member of a strolling quartet of singers before joining the…

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Samuel Colt

Inventor and industrialist, Samuel Colt was the founder of Colt’s Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company. He is recognized for the improvement and mass production of the revolver. Early Life Colt…

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Elizabeth Colt

Elizabeth Hart Jarvis was the first child born to William and Elizabeth Miller Hart Jarvis. Her father was a noted Episcopal minister. Her mother was from a prominent family that…

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Caldwell Colt

Caldwell Colt was the son of gun manufacturer Samuel and his wife Elizabeth Colt. Colt’s Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company Educated at Yale’s scientific school, Colt designed his first firearm…

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Morgan Gardner Bulkeley

Morgan G. Bulkeley was president of Aetna Life Insurance. He was also a prominent politician. He served as Hartford mayor from 1879 to 1887. He was Connecticut’s governor from 1889…

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Donald Lamont Brown

Born in Berlin, Wisconsin, Donald L. Brown was an early innovator of aviation. Aviation Career Begins As a young man, Brown worked as a newspaper carrier, journalist, store clerk, and…

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Newton Case Brainard

Newton Case Brainard was born in Hartford, the son of Leverett and Mary Brainard. After graduating from Yale in 1902, he entered his family’s printing business. Case, Lockwood & Brainard,…

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Leverett Brainard

Leverett Brainard was born in Colchester, Connecticut. In 1853, he moved to Hartford to assume the role of the first Secretary of the City Fire Insurance Company. Case, Lockwood &…

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