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Famous People from Connecticut
Biographies, Famous People from Connecticut
- Ethan Allan (1738 - 1789)
American Revolutionary soldier; Born
Benedict Arnold (1741 -
1801) A captain of the Colonial Army
turned British spy. He is famous
for burning down the town of New
London; since then, his name has
meant “traitor;” born in Norwich.
Phineas T. Barnum (1810 -
1891) One founder of the Ringling
Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus;
born in Bethel.
Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain)
(1835 - 1910) Author of The
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn;
lived in Hartford.
Samuel Colt (1814 - 1862)
Inventor and founder of the Colt
firearm company; born in Hartford.
Charles Goodyear (1800 -
1860) Inventor of vulcanized rubber;
born in New Haven.
Ella Grasso (1919 - 1981)
The first woman to be elected
governor of a state; born in Windsor
Dorothy Hamill (1956 - )
Olympic gold medallist and
professional ice skater with the Ice
Capades; grew up in Riverside.
Nathan Hale (1755 -1776)
A martyr soldier of the American
Revolution; born in Coventry.
Katharine Hepburn (1907 - )
Famous actress who won four Academy
Awards for best actress; born in
Mary Kies, The first woman
to receive a US patent, received on
May 15th, 1809 for a
method of weaving straw with silk;
from South Killingly.
- Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
(1908 - 1972) Congressman; born in
Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811
- 1896) Author of Uncle Tom’s
Cabin; born in Litchfield.
Noah Webster (1758 - 1843)
Author of the first dictionary
published in 1807; from West
More Famous People from
- Dean Acheson statesman,
- Henry Ward Beecher
- John Brown abolitionist,
- Oliver Ellsworth jurist,
- Eileen Farrell soprano,
- Robert N. Hall inventor,
- Collis Potter Huntington
- Charles Ives composer,
- Edwin H. Land inventor
- Annie Leibovitz
- John Pierpont Morgan
- Frederick Law Olmsted
landscape designer, Hartford
- Kenneth H. Olsen
- Rosa Ponselle soprano,
- Benjamin Spock
pediatrician, New Haven
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