Civil War Memory alerts us to a contest to nominate the greatest Virginian of each of the last 4 centuries. Virginia, to be sure, has a proud heritage of impact and influence beyond the borders of the Commonwealth, though it is by no means alone in this regard. Numerous states with storied pasts (New York, Massachusetts) and powerful presents (Florida, Texas, California) can and often do claim native daughters and sons of singular distinction and national importance. So why not Connecticut?
Scoff not, parochial proponents of geographic heavyweights; there are more than 5 famous Belgians, after all, and pound for pound the Nutmeg State has produced and nourished many who can rightfully claim a space among the very great.
Therefore, whether or not you have a Husky in this fight, I invite you to nominate the 5 Greatest Nutmeggers of all time. I'm looking for influence, impact and legacy here. Here's my list.
1) Samuel Colt
2) Harriet Beecher Stowe (though we could claim John Brown as well)
3) P T Barnum
My top candidates all happen to be 19th century figures but don't let that limit you. Just to show I ain't prejudiced, I considered George W. Bush (born in New Haven in 1947) but decided that his legacy is far too uncertain to merit the label "great". Others might disagree.
So who have you got?