Famous People of Clinton

Abraham Pierson. The pastor of the Town’s Congregational Church, the Reverend Pierson was appointed first Rector of what became Yale University. Its early students were taught in Pierson’s parsonage from 1701 until his death in 1707.

Jared Eliot. A Yale graduate, the Reverend Eliot succeeded Pierson as Congregational minister, and served for 56 years. He was also renowned throughout New England as a physician, botanist, and agriculturist; his accomplishments in metallurgy were awarded a gold medal by London’s Society of Arts, and he was elected a member of the prestigious Royal Society. Eliot maintained a friendship and ongoing correspondence with Benjamin Franklin.

Abel Buell. Creative and gifted in mechanics, Buell became a respected gold and silversmith, engraver, machine designer, and cartographer. His elegant 1784 map was the first to depict the newly-formed United States of America.

Horatio Wright. Educated at West Point, Wright rose rapidly to the rank of Major General during the Civil War where he ably commanded the First Division of the Sixth Corps in a succession of key battles. Following the war, he commanded the Army Corps of Engineers as it helped to rebuild the nation.

Charles Morgan. With a family background in merchant shipping, Morgan established his own maritime firm in New York. He pioneered in iron ship construction and steam propulsion, owning America’s largest pre-Civil War fleet of cargo and passenger vessels. His shipping empire included his railroad from New Orleans to what is now Morgan City, Louisiana. Morgan was among the multimillionaire industrial giants of his era but never forgot his beloved Clinton. In 1871 he built and endowed The Morgan School as a gift to his town

The Clinton Historical Society holds many historical treasures, such as photographs, ledgers, artwork, and other materials. Stop by on a Wednesday between 9 am – Noon and see what they have to offer, or if you have some free time, CHS would love any volunteers!