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arcticap
June 8, 2010, 10:56 PM
There was the mystery of the sister-in-law from Scotland who ended up disappearing forever.
Sam Colt's brother, who was convicted of murder, was found dead in his jail cell with a broken knife embedded in his heart just before he was scheduled to be put to death.
Did Sam Colt actually dismiss workers just for supporting abolition?
Read about some of the unusual twists and turns in Sam Colt's life in the following fabulous essay written by Ellsworth S. Grant of West Hartford, Connecticut.

http://www.ctheritage.org/encyclopedia/topicalsurveys/colt.htm

Double Naught Spy
June 9, 2010, 07:15 AM
From what I have found on the internet, there are a few articles indicating he was against abolition, but strangely they all come from folks in Hartford or West Hartford, CT. This may be because a state/local historical society had information to support this view and different members have put forward the claim. Maybe the claim is garbage.

Keep in mind that not all of our heroes necessarily shared the views that we hold important today. Our founding fathers did not exclude slavery from the Constitution, for example, though the topic was apparently considered. Many had blatant sexual biases. No doubt some were racist. In the context of the time period, however, some of these sorts of behaviors were not considered socially unacceptable and some were encouraged, though such views today would not be considered in a positive light.

Did Colt dismiss abolition supporters? Don't know, but found another source saying he encouraged the practice in other businesses and so maybe he did it as well?

Smokin_Gun
June 10, 2010, 01:23 AM
http://www.ctheritage.org/encyclopedia/topicalsurveys/colt.htm

A very good and interesting read Arcticap ... if ya don't mind i'll post it in your name on my BPR Forum...:cool:

arcticap
June 10, 2010, 02:32 AM
Post it far and wide man! :)

Smokin_Gun
June 10, 2010, 04:48 AM
Thanks Arcticap :O)

Hardcase
June 10, 2010, 11:36 PM
Thanks for digging that up! It was a great read.

Need2know
June 11, 2010, 01:14 PM
Great article. Seems like that life story would make a good movie plot. Thanks for sharing that one with us.