Who was Linus B. Plimpton?

Linus Bacon Plimpton (1830-1904) was a leading figure in Hartford business and political circles. He founded and served as president of the Plimpton Manufacturing Company (originally L. B. Plimpton & Co.) and the Hartford Manufacturing Company. The former company was one of the largest manufacturers of paper envelopes in the country, and in 1874 the company won the public contract to produce stamped envelopes for the US government (and, not for nothing, his neighbor and former Connecticut governor Marshall Jewell was US Postmaster General at the time). According to his obituary in the Hartford Courant, Plimpton served two terms as Connecticut state senator representing Hartford and seven years as Hartford Police Commissioner, an appointment he received from Hartford mayor Morgan G. Bulkeley. Upon his death in 1904, his nephew James Plimpton succeeded him as head of the Plimpton Manufacturing Company. James lived right around the corner at 115 Sigourney Street, an earlier NINA project completed in 2020.