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The “Crowbar” Governor: Life and Times of Morgan Gardner Bulkeley at the Connecticut State Library Monday, November 7, 2011

Posted by kabery in CSLmade, genealogy, history, Museum.


Morgan Bulkeley, who served as mayor of Harford, governor of Connecticut, and first president of the National Baseball League, will be the subject of a presentation by historian Kevin Murphy starting at noon, Thursday, November 17 at the Connecticut State Library. Murphy, author of Crowbar Governor: The Life and Times of Morgan Gardner Bulkeley will tell the story of one of Connecticut’s most colorful and notorious statesmen and provide a glimpse into Connecticut politics during the Gilded Age. While president of Aetna Life from 1879 to 1922, Bulkeley served four terms as mayor of Hartford, two terms as Connecticut’s governor, and one term as a United States senator. His friends and business and political acquaintances were 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, General Sherman, Oliver Wendell Holmes, as well as every president from Ulysses Grant to Warren Harding. In 1874, Bulkeley formed the Hartford Dark Blues who soon joined the unruly National Association, antecedent of the National League. He served as the league’s first president for a year, and was later elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. It was during Bulkeley’s controversial “holdover” term as governor that he earned the nickname “Crowbar Governor.” He used a crowbar to remove a lock that had been placed on his office door after refusing to vacate the governor’s chambers on a technicality.

Thursday, November 17,  2011
Noon – 12:45
Connecticut State Library ~ Memorial Hall

About the Speaker:
Kevin Murphy is an independent historian who lives in Rocky Hill, Connecticut. He is the author of Water for Hartford: The Story of the Hartford Water Works and the Metropolitan District Commission and Crowbar Governor: The Life and Times of Morgan Gardner BulkeleyFly Fishing in Connecticut: A Guide for Beginners is scheduled to be released by Wesleyan University Press April 1, 2012.

Kevin Murphy’s  talk is part of the State Library and Museum of Connecticut History’s Third Thursday Brown Bag Lunchtime speaker series which features a variety of speakers on various aspects of Connecticut history. All programs are free and open to the public.



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