The first colony of New England to join the United States was Connecticut, in 1788, the fifth state to ratify the US Constitution. Having grown up in New York, on Long Island, I have been to and through the Nutmeg State on many occasions. In high school, I was part of a Model United Nations Club and for two successive years our club traveled to a conference at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.
Most summers growing up, my family would travel to Maine for an extended vacation and that would bring us through Connecticut, though not at this particular time. The future Mrs. BA and I took an extended trip through New England, stopping at Mark Twain's home in Hartford, Connecticut.
Some years later, I spent an overnight at a bachelor party at Mohegan Sun casino and a motel hard on the highway in New London, which is not the nicest place when the submarine fleet is out of town.
Connecticut holds a distinction of having a presidential birthplace. George Herbert Walker Bush (who of course made his reputation in Texas) was born in New Haven, Connecticut. His father, Prescott Bush, was a long-time Senator from Connecticut.
The current governor of Connecticut is a Democrat, Dan Malloy. The Senators for the state are one Democrat, Richard Blumenthal, and one . . . not, Joseph Lieberman. The five Representatives are all Democrats.
- 1st District - John Larson (D)
- 2nd District - Joe Courtney (D)
- 3rd District - Rosa DeLauro (D)
- 4th District - Jim Himes (D)
- 5th District - Chris Murphy (D)
- State Capital - Hartford
- Date of Admission - January 9, 1788
- Area - 5,543 sq mi (48th)
- State Motto - "Qui transtulit sustinet" ("He who transplanted still sustains")
- State Nickname - the Nutmeg State, the Constitution State
- State bird - robin
- State flower -mountain laurel
- State song - "Yankee Doodle"
- State Hero - Nathan Hale
- State University - UCONN (Go Huskies!)
- State Archives - part of the Connecticut State Library
- Population (2011 est.) - 3,580,709
- Signers of the Declaration of Independence - Samuel Huntington, Roger "I'm Just a Simple Cobbler from Connecticut" Sherman, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott
- ct.gov - the Official Website of the State of Connecticut
- The Connecticut Tourism site - visitconnecticut.com
- The Official Connecticut vacation website - ctvisit.com
- The Encyclopedia Britannic entry for Connecticut
- 50states.com entry for Connecticut
- Dean Acheson
- P.T. Barnum
- Henry Ward Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe
- John Brown (although I would certainly identify him with other states - he was born
- Bette Davis
- Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan
- Charles Goodyear
- Ella Grasso (the first woman elected to a governorship)
- Katharine Hepburn
- Annie Liebovitz
- Frederick Law Olmstead (although he certainly made his mark elsewhere)
- Benjamin Spock (no not that Spock)
- Noah Webster