William Lanson (c. 1776 - c. 1851)

Lanson was responsible for helping to extend New Haven's wharf far into New Haven Harbor, expediting the city's growth as a key port, according to the <a href="http://articles.courant.com/2001-09-16/features/0109162295_1_blacks-white-documented">Hartford Courant</a>.  During his life, the self-taught mason, contractor, and property owner of what is now Wooster Square earned accolades from New Haven's Timothy Dwight, President of Yale University, and James Hillhouse, politician and anti-slavery activist.  He was an early leader among free blacks and was also lauded for his business accomplishments.
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( Plan of the City of New Haven by J. W. Barber, 1831/History and Antiquities of New Haven / February 14, 2013 )

Lanson was responsible for helping to extend New Haven's wharf far into New Haven Harbor, expediting the city's growth as a key port, according to the Hartford Courant. During his life, the self-taught mason, contractor, and property owner of what is now Wooster Square earned accolades from New Haven's Timothy Dwight, President of Yale University, and James Hillhouse, politician and anti-slavery activist. He was an early leader among free blacks and was also lauded for his business accomplishments.

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