Leaders From Connecticut

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Connecticut has produced a number of Leaders who have made it big. These include George W. Bush, P. T. Barnum, Benedict Arnold, Adam Clayton Powell Jr., Paul Manafort and others.
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P. T. Barnum
(Mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut from 1875 to 1876)
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Birthdate: July 5, 1810
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: April 7, 1891

P. T. Barnum was an American politician, showman, and businessman. He is credited with founding the famous Barnum & Bailey Circus, which ran for 146 years. He is also credited with co-founding the Bridgeport & Port Jefferson Steamboat Company, which is one of the oldest American ferry companies. His life and work have inspired many films, including The Greatest Showman.

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Lawrence Summers
(71st United States Secretary of the Treasury(1999 - 2001))
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Birthdate: November 30, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Apart from being the president of Harvard, Lawrence Summers has also been the U.S. secretary of the treasury, the World Bank’s chief economist, and the NEC director. The MIT alumnus became one of the youngest tenured faculty members at Harvard. He also writes regularly for The Washington Post.

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Joe Lieberman
(Politician)
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Birthdate: February 24, 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
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Adam Clayton Powell Jr.
(Politician & Civil Rights Activist)
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Birthdate: November 29, 1908
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: April 4, 1972
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Ethan Allen
(Revolutionary War Hero)
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Birthdate: January 21, 1738
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: February 12, 1789

As a child, Ethan Allen was fond of deciphering passages from the Bible. He grew up to co-establish Vermont and led the Green Mountain Boys during the American Revolutionary War. After failing to achieve Vermont’s separation from New York, he tried to unite Vermont with Canada.

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George W. Bush
(43rd President of the United States)
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Birthdate: July 6, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer

The 43rd president of the United States, George W. Bush served two consecutive term in the top office beginning 2001 and led his country post the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He later ordered the invasion of Iraq. Before this, he was twice elected as the governor of Texas and had even helped his father, George H. W. Bush—the 41st president, in his presidential campaigns.

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Benedict Arnold
(American Military Officer Who Served During the Revolutionary War)
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Birthdate: January 14, 1741
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: June 14, 1801

Benedict Arnold was an American military officer who betrayed his country when he joined the British forces in 1780. Because of his betrayal, his name became synonymous with traitory in the United States. His story of betrayal has been depicted in popular culture and he has been portrayed by actors like Owain Yeoman and Ciarán Owens.

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MJ Hegar
(US Air Force Veteran, Bestselling Author, and Former Democratic Candidate)
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Birthdate: March 16, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces

US Air Force veteran MJ Hegar has also been a Democratic candidate for the 2020 US Senate election for Texas. Known for her bestselling autobiography Shoot Like a Girl, she was awarded the Purple Heart and the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor for her fearless military service in Afghanistan, where she was shot at.

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Chris Dodd
(United States Senator from Connecticut from 1981 to 2011)
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Birthdate: May 27, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
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Dean Acheson
(51st United States Secretary of State)
Dean Acheson
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Birthdate: April 11, 1893
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: October 12, 1971
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Charles Grandison Finney
(American Presbyterian Minister and 2nd President of Oberlin College)
Charles Grandison Finney
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Birthdate: August 29, 1792
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: August 16, 1875

Charles Grandison Finney, dubbed as the Father of Modern Revivalism, began his career with the Presbyterian Church, where his style of preaching fermented spirited revivals. Later, his dissatisfaction with Presbyterian theology led to formation of Broadway Tabernacle and he started promoting abolitionism and equal education for women and blacks. He spent his last years as minister of Oberlin’s First Congregational Church.

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Gifford Pinchot
(First Chief of the US Forest Service & Former Governor of Pennsylvania)
Gifford Pinchot
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Birthdate: August 11, 1865
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: October 4, 1946

Gifford Pinchot was an American politician and forester. He is best remembered for his service as the first chief of the US Forest Service from February 1905 to January 1910. Gifford Pinchot also served as the Governor of Pennsylvania on two occasions; from 16 January 1923 to 18 January 1927 and again from 20 January 1931 to 15 January 1935.

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Dannel Malloy
(Politician)
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Birthdate: July 21, 1955
Sun Sign: Cancer
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George Murphy
(Senator)
George Murphy
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Birthdate: July 4, 1902
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: May 3, 1992
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Elizabeth May
(Leader of the Green Party of Canada from 2006 to 2019)
Elizabeth May
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Birthdate: June 9, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
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Rosa DeLauro
(Politician)
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Birthdate: March 2, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
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Paul Manafort
(American Lobbyist and Political Consultant)
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Birthdate: April 1, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries

Paul Manafort is an American former lobbyist, lawyer, political consultant, and convicted bank fraudster. As a political consultant, he served as an adviser to the presidential campaigns of Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford, and George H. W. Bush. He is also credited with co-founding a lobbying firm called Black, Manafort & Stone.

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Porter Goss
(Politician)
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Birthdate: November 26, 1938
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
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Oliver Ellsworth
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Birthdate: April 29, 1745
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: November 26, 1807
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Chris Dudley
(Basketball player, Politician)
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Birthdate: February 22, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
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Constance Baker Motley
(Former New York State Senator)
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Birthdate: September 14, 1921
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: September 28, 2005
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Sylvester Graham
(Presbyterian minister)
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Birthdate: July 5, 1794
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: September 11, 1851
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Mike Kellin
(Actor, Military officer)
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Birthdate: April 26, 1922
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: August 26, 1983
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Morrison Waite
(Chief Justice)
Morrison Waite
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Birthdate: November 29, 1816
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: March 23, 1888
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Gideon Welles
(24th United States Secretary of the Navy)
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Birthdate: July 1, 1802
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: February 11, 1878
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William Hull
(United States General)
William Hull
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Birthdate: June 24, 1753
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: November 29, 1825
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Aaron Burr Sr.
(Educator)
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Birthdate: January 4, 1716
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: September 24, 1757
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Silas Deane
(Diplomat)
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Birthdate: January 4, 1738
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: September 23, 1789
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Lyman Hall
(16th Governor of Georgia)
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Birthdate: April 12, 1724
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: October 19, 1790

Physician, clergyman, and statesman Lyman Hall was one of the three delegates of the Congress from Georgia and one of four doctors to sign the United States Declaration of Independence. He also served as Governor of Georgia for a year and co-founded the University of Georgia before resuming his medical practice. Hall County in north central Georgia is named after him.

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Abraham Ribicoff
(Politician)
Abraham Ribicoff
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Birthdate: April 9, 1910
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: February 22, 1998
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Oliver Wolcott
(Politician)
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Birthdate: November 20, 1726
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: December 1, 1797
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Ella Grasso
(Politician)
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Birthdate: May 10, 1919
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: February 5, 1981
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Lyman Trumbull
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Birthdate: October 12, 1813
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: June 25, 1896
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Andrew Hull Foote
(Naval officer)
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Birthdate: September 12, 1806
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: June 26, 1863
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Samuel Huntington
(Politician)
Samuel Huntington
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Birthdate: July 16, 1731
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: January 5, 1796
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Wayne Pacelle
(Chief Executive Officer of the Humane Society of the United States)
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Birthdate: August 4, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
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Isaac Hull
(Naval commander)
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Birthdate: March 9, 1773
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: February 13, 1843
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Manasseh Cutler
(Clergyman)
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Birthdate: May 13, 1742
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: July 28, 1823
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William Williams
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Birthdate: April 8, 1731
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: August 2, 1811
Isabella Beecher Hooker
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Birthdate: February 22, 1822
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: January 25, 1907
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William Strong
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Birthdate: May 6, 1808
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: August 19, 1895
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David Dudley Field
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Birthdate: February 13, 1805
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: April 13, 1894
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William E. Dodge
(Businessman)
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Birthdate: September 4, 1805
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: February 9, 1883
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Orville H. Platt
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Birthdate: July 19, 1827
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: April 21, 1905
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Ralph Randolph Gurley
(Abolitionist)
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Birthdate: May 26, 1797
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: July 30, 1872

Considered one of the founders of Liberia, a name he himself coined, Ralph Randolph Gurley was an American clergyman and abolitionist, who believed in separation of races. A major force behind American Colonization Society, he worked to relocate freeborn blacks and emancipated slaves to society’s colony in West Africa. He visited the area thrice and drafted plans for its governance.