March 5: Abraham Lincoln Speaks in Hartford

  In early 1860, sectional tensions between the northern and southern regions of the United States were approaching the breaking point over the topic of slavery and its expansion into the western American territories.  Even though it was a crucial presidential election year, the two major political parties had yet to select their running candidates,…

February 23: Connecticut Openly Defies President Jefferson’s National Embargo

  In the early 19th century, Thomas Jefferson, who was elected to two consecutive terms as President of the United States, proved to be a constant thorn in the side of Connecticut’s political leaders.  Virtually all the members of Connecticut’s political “Standing Order” were staunch Federalists who vehemently disagreed with Jefferson’s Democratic-Republican political agenda and…

April 5: P.T. Barnum Elected Mayor of Bridgeport

  Today in 1875, Phineas T. Barnum was elected Mayor of Bridgeport at the age of 64.  Already nationally famous as a showman of the first order, his mayoral tenure was merely one of many accolades and successes for the man who would become one of America’s most famous entertainers, entrepreneurs, authors, and philanthropists. P….