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The Joseph Roswell Hawley Medallion


Located under the Connecticut State Capitol’s north portico, the Joseph Roswell Hawley Medallion honors Joseph Hawley, the first volunteer from Connecticut to enlist in the Union Army. After the war, Hawley was elected Governor of Connecticut and later represented the state in both the House of Representatives and Senate. Following his death in 1905, the Connecticut legislature commissioned a memorial to Hawley on Capitol grounds, allocating 1,500 dollars for the monument. The bronze medallion was designed by Herbert Adams, who depicts Hawley in profile and military dress. The monument was dedicated in 1914 in a ceremony attended by 125 soldiers who served under Hawley during the Civil War. The medallion faces a similarly rendered memorial to politician Orville Platt that was dedicated on the same day as the Hawley memorial.

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