BULKELEY, Morgan Gardner, (1837 - 1922)

Senate Years of Service: 1905-1911
Party: Republican

Library of Congress

BULKELEY, Morgan Gardner, (cousin of Edwin Denison Morgan), a Senator from Connecticut; born in East Haddam, Middlesex County, Conn., December 26, 1837; attended the district schools; moved with his parents to Hartford, Conn., in 1846; engaged in mercantile pursuits in Brooklyn, N.Y. 1852-1872; member of the Republican general committee of Kings County; during the Civil War enlisted in the Thirteenth Regiment, New York National Guard, and served at Baltimore and at Suffolk, Va.; returned to Hartford, Conn., in 1872; engaged in the life insurance business and served as president of the Aetna Life Insurance Co.; served in the Hartford city council in 1874; member of the board of aldermen in 1875 and 1876; first president of the National League of Professional Baseball Clubs in 1876; mayor of Hartford 1880-1888; Governor of Connecticut 1889-1893; elected commander of the Department of Connecticut, Grand Army of the Republic, in 1903; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1905, to March 3, 1911; unsuccessful candidate for reelection; chairman, Committee to Examine Branches of the Civil Service (Fifty-ninth Congress), Committee on Railroads (Sixtieth and Sixty-first Congresses); resumed his former business pursuits; died in Hartford, Conn., on November 6, 1922; interment in Cedar Hill Cemetery.


American National Biography; Dictionary of American Biography. Murphy, Kevin. Crowbar Governor: The Life and Times of Morgan Gardner Bulkeley. Middletown, Conn.: Wesleyan University Press, 2010.