Legendary Locals of New Haven

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Finding someone who is not legendary in New Haven is nearly as hard as knowing how to pronounce the local dialect. In its earliest period there appeared epic characters like John Davenport, the town's founder; Roger Sherman, the city's first mayor and only signer of the four major US papers; and Benedict Arnold, patriot and famed traitor. The growing city emerged as a place of innovation and industry with people like Eli Whitney, inventor of the cotton gin; Noah Webster, author of the first American English dictionary; Charles Goodyear, inventor of vulcanized rubber; and William Lanson, a distinguished African American contractor in the early 19th century. As the seat of Yale University and other major institutions, New Haven's men and women continue to make a name for themselves. These legends include Yoshi and Bun Lai, mother and son restaurateurs who create sustainable sushi; Doris Townsend, historian and author; Frank Pepe's Pizzeria Napoletana, begun in 1925; and Louis Lunch, birthplace of the hamburger. Legendary Locals of New Haven opens the doors to the city's rich history and its continuing legacy as a cultural center.
ISBN: 9781467100960
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Connecticut
Series: Legendary Locals
Images: 140
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Colin M. Caplan is a New Haven native, architectural designer, author, historian, and founder of Taste of New Haven Food & Drink Tours. Caplan strives to connect the community through history and planning for an even more legendary future. He is the author of Arcadia's Then & Now: New Haven as well as several other books about New Haven.
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