Born in East Haddam, Connecticut on December 26, 1837, Morgan Bulkeley grew up in Hartford then moved to Brooklyn, New York where he achieved business success. During the Civil War, he served with the Thirteeneth New York Regiment. After the war, he returned to Hartford and quickly became one of the most prominent men in the city. Bulkeley served as president of the Hartford Dark Blues base ball team and when the National League was formed, he was elected unanimously as its first president. He entered local politics, becoming Mayor of Hartford in 1880, serving four terms. In 1889, he become governor of Connecticut and went on to become a U.S. Senator.
Historical information on stone arch bridge crossing the Connecticut River that was named for Morgan Bulkeley.
Information from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
Photos and information from Find A Grave.
Information from Wikipedia.
Profile of first National League president.
Reprint of article in the New York Times from November 7, 1922.
Information from Wikipedia on the namesake baseball stadium in Hartford, Connecticut.
Reprint of biography from "The Governers of Connecticut" by Frederick Calvin Norton, published in 1905.
Photographic portrait, biographical information plus photo of Bulkeley's Hall of Fame Plaque for the man who was inducted in 1937.
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