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Stonington Historical Society: Local Railroad Tycoon Morton F. Plant

  • La Grua Center 32 Water Street Stonington, CT, 06378 United States (map)

Morton Freeman Plant was a local legend. First and foremost a philanthropist who continued the legacy begun by his father but who was also a railroad tycoon of local renown. Plant was one of the founders of Connecticut College, a financier of the Wright Brothers, builder of many local trolley lines, owner of the Griswold Hotel and a colleague of J.P. Morgan.   His summer residence at Avery Point is now home to the University of Connecticut.  Jim Streeter is the Town Historian of Groton and a former policeman and mayor of Groton City. He has made a life study of Morton Plant and even impersonates him on occasion.

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