By Kevin Murphy
While president of Aetna lifestyles 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 neighbors and enterprise and political pals 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 supply 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 status in Cooperstown. It used to be in the course of Bulkeley’s arguable “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 workplace door after refusing to vacate the governor’s chambers on a technicality. Written in vintage storyteller model, and augmented by means of copious learn, Crowbar Governor offers readers a privileged glimpse into existence and politics in Connecticut throughout the Gilded Age.
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From your boy—Billy∞≠∑ Meanwhile, Morgan had returned to his uncle’s dry goods business. The death of Charlie made him the oldest of the three remaining Bulkeleys, and he became a far more serious person thereafter. After the obscenities and savagery of the Civil War, where 620,000 of the nation’s youngest and most vibrant citizens lost their lives, Morgan Bulkeley developed a lifelong obsession with martial music and parades. He enjoyed watching soldiers marching in full dress uniform and traveled far and wide to attend musters, outings, campﬁres and banquets with members of the Grand Army of the Republic (gar).
On another occasion a lieutenant was with a sergeant. ’’∑∫ At times, Col. ∑Ω Toward the end of July 1861, Morgan paid his brother Billy a visit at Company G’s encampment at Baltimore. While he was there, the two turned a piece of paper sideways, put a crease down the center and wrote home to their mother. Morgan’s letter is on one side, with Billy’s opposite. 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.
It was expected Morgan would join after Billy’s return. Since everyone, including President Lincoln, thought the war would be over almost before it began, one has to consider the possibility—at least in Morgan Bulkeley’s mind—that he might not have had to serve at all. This is not to imply he wouldn’t have quickly volunteered had the situation been di√erent, but because his military service would be an important part of his public persona in later life, the details of his service are noteworthy.
Crowbar Governor: The Life and Times of Morgan Gardner Bulkeley by Kevin Murphy