Men of Distinction
Early Years (continued)
The Hon. Lewis Catlin served several sessions in the
General Assembly as representative from Harwinton. He
was also a Senator from this district in 1871. He was
our Town Clerk for over a quarter of a century. He was
the son of the first Lewis Catlin, who was in the Continental
Army and helped carry General Benedict Arnold when he
was wounded in the battlefield at Saratoga.
George Wylles was supposedly a Harwinton man and he
served as Secretary of State longer then anyone ever
has. He was in office from 1735 to 1796, an unprecedented
Note: To date I cannot validate
his Harwinton presence. A Hezekiah Wylles was one of
the first proprietors.
Here is another man who was born in 1754 on a Harwinton
farm owned by his Father. He was a Yale graduate, became
a lawyer, and moved to Vermont where he was the State's
Attorney and a member of the board of censors. He relocated
to Hartford and was elected to the House of Representatives,
became a Senator and was appointed Judge of Probate
for the district of Hartford. He was Mayor of Hartford
from 1815 to 1825. He was also a member of Congress
from the first district.
Theodore A. Hungerford
Theodore Hungerford was born here in 1838 and was the
son of a well known local merchant. He left Harwinton
behind and, as a young man, did very well in Chicago
in the publishing business. The museum at Sunset Hill
was built by his nephew, Neuman Hungerford and stands
as a memorial to him. It is said that Theodore is entombed
in a wall somewhere in the basement.