Colonel David Humphreys, Gilbert Stuart, oil on wood. Courtesy of Yale University Art Gallery, Gift of Mrs. David Humphreys
March 19, 2013
Born in what was then Derby, Humphreys was a colonel and aide de camp to George Washington during the American Revolutionary War. He was also a poet and a member of the "Hartford Wits." In 1802, Humphreys wrote a notable anti-slavery poem entitled, "A Poem on the Industry of the United States of America." He died in New Haven, and was interred at Grove Street Cemetery.