Saturday, April 13, 2013
Governor Seymour's Pistol
Thomas Seymour was a personal friend of Hartford gunmaker Samuel Colt. He was elected to Congress for one term, but declined to run again so that he could accept a commission to fight in the Mexican War. Returning to Connecticut as a hero for leading a successful charge at Chapultepec, Seymour was elected Governor in 1850.
After serving as Governor for three terms, Thomas Seymour resigned to accept an appointment as the United States Minister to Russia. Colt gave this pistol to his friend around that time, both to arm him and to provide a sample to help Colt earn business in Russia.