By Kevin Murphy
While president of Aetna existence 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 pals 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, basic 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 was once 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 type, and augmented by way of copious study, Crowbar Governor offers readers a privileged glimpse into existence and politics in Connecticut in the course of the Gilded Age.
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And I trust that no undue anxiety will bring on another attack. Be careful of yourself, and believe that all is well. With much love from both of us. I remain your a√ectionate son— Morgan∏≠ A few days later, the Thirteenth arrived back in Brooklyn. Billy Bulkeley and his brothers in arms were mustered out at the Cranberry Street Armory. ∏≤ The notion of a short, neat, little war had been violently torn from the minds of Northerners, as the Eagle treated its readers to the horriﬁc details of Bull Run (5,000 casualties), Shiloh (23,000 casualties) and a dozen smaller skirmishes in between.
A On January 6, 1872, a most unusual incident occurred. Though the event and the participants must have seemed a galaxy away for the thirty-four-year-old Morgan Bulkeley, little could he know that the principal scoundrel at the heart of this scandal would play a prominent part in his life twenty-ﬁve years later. On the Saturday in question, wealthy socialite Edward ‘‘Ned’’ Stokes, from old Philadelphia money, shot and killed Wall Street speculator Jubilee Jim Fisk on the elaborate main staircase of the Grand Central Hotel—at Broadway and West Third Street (near Washington Square).
Em is well and sends love to father, Mary and yourself and all the friends. Give my love to all . . and keep a large share for yourself. 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.
Crowbar Governor: The Life and Times of Morgan Gardner Bulkeley by Kevin Murphy