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This painting by well-known Connecticut portrait painter Ralph Earl depicts Benjamin Tallmadge and his young son, George Washington Tallmadge. Although Tallmadge never visited or resided in Tallmadge, he was the original landholder. New York born and Yale educated, Tallmadge served as a lieutenant-colonel in the Revolutionary War. A land speculator, he purchased land in New York, Connecticut, Vermont, and the Western Reserve. In 1799, Tallmadge became owner of what is now Tallmadge when its original owners, members of the Connecticut Land Company, were unable to make payments on the mortgage held by Tallmadge. Tallmadge continued to acquire land in the area until 1803, when David Bacon purchased the land to develop a religious colony. Collection of the Litchfield Historical Society, Litchfield, Connecticut.
Title: Colonel Benjamin Tallmadge & son George Washington Tallmadge
Author/Creator: Ralph Earl, 1751-1801
Related Information: Lawrence Collection
Size: 6 x 8.5 inches
Tallmadge, George Washington