Contrary to popular belief, Hartford, Connecticut, does in fact heavily figure into early American history. Specifically: during the War of 1812, Hartford became historically relevant for hosting a series of meetings between prominent Federalists and Democratic-Republicans, best known as the Hartford Convention.

One of the important figures present at the Convention was Nathan Dane, a Federalist representative from Massachusetts. Click on the sidebar link titled "Early Life" for more information on Dane's life before the Hartford Convention.