Ten prominent people from Connecticut:
- Thomas H. Gallaudet (Founder of the first school for the deaf in America)
- Israel Putnam (Revolutionary War general)
- William Williams (Signatory to the Declaration of Independence)
- Prudence Crandall (Advocate for the rights of blacks to be educated)
- Thomas Hooker (Founder of Hartford, Conn.)
- Uncas (Founder and first chief of the Mohican tribe) (First of the Mohicans, hee!)
Elihu Yale (Founder of Yale University)
Charles Ives (Composer)
- Gideon Welles (US Secretary of the Navy during the American Civil War)
- Benedict Arnold (Revolutionary War general and traitor)
- Ella T. Grasso (First woman elected governor of a state in her own right)
People from Connecticut are supposedly called Connecticutians, but to my way of thinking that looks sort of silly.
It's come to my attention that Elihu Yale was not from Connecticut. Details here.