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Morgan Gardner Bulkeley

Morgan was an American politician as well as business and sports executive. He was a Hartford city councilman and bank president.

Background

  • Morgan Bulkeley died in Hartford at age 84. The Hartford Bridge over the Connecticut River was renamed the Bulkeley Bridge in his honor after his death.

  • Education

    • Morgan Bulkeley attended Hartford Public High School and, at age 14, started working at the Aetna sweeping floors for a dollar a day along with his brother, Charles.

      He was educated at Bacon Academy in Colchester just like his father and his cousins on both sides.

    Career

    • Bulkeley formed the Hartford Dark Blues of the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players in 1874. In 1875, the team featured Hall of Fame pitcher Candy Cummings and player-manager Bob "Death to Flying Things" Ferguson. In 1876, the NAPBBP was replaced by the National League. Hartford was one of the charter members and Bulkeley was named the league's first president. In his only season as president, he targeted illegal gambling, drinking and fan rowdiness.After the season, he was replaced as president by William Hulbert. Bulkeley was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1937, 15 years after his death. He was also one of the seven members of the Mills Commission formed by Albert Spalding, the group that gave credence to the myth that Abner Doubleday invented baseball.

      After the Civil War, Bulkeley returned to Morgan & Company.

      At the time of his death, Bulkeley had been the president of Aetna for 43 years and had increased its assets from $25.7 million to $207 million and from 29 to 1,500 employees. Under his guidance, Aetna had been transformed from a life insurance company into a company that offered accident, health, automobile,workers compensation, and group insurance. He was succeeded by his nephew, Morgan Brainard, who led Aetna for the following 35 years.

    Major achievements

    • Bulkeley formed the Hartford Dark Blues of the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players in 1874.

      Under his guidance, Aetna had been transformed from a life insurance company into a company that offered accident, health, automobile,workers compensation, and group insurance.

    Politics

    Republican

    Personality

    Interests

    Sport & Clubs: baseball

    politics

    Connections

    • father: Eliphale - State Senator
      His father State Senator Eliphalet Adams Bulkeley was a descendant of the Rev.his father died in 1872
    • mother: Lydia
      Both of his parents were descended from passengers of the Mayflower more than 200 years prior. The Bulkeleys had called nearby Colchester, Connecticut their home and until Morgan's death always believed it as such.He was also related to the well known Morgan family through his mother
    • Wife: Fannie
      Bulkeley's widow, Fannie, died on June 22, 1938
    • brother: Charles
      His brother was killed during the war.
    Morgan Bulkeley
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    Born December 26, 1837
    Died November 6, 1922
    (aged 84)
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    • 1852
      H. P. Morgan & Company
    • 1853
      first president, United States Bank of Hartford
    • November 30, 1874 - November 30, 1876
      Hartford Common Council
    • November 30, 1874 - November 30, 1876
      Board of Aldermen
    • November 30, 1905 - November 30, 1911
      United States Senate

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