Manufacturers Convention in Connecticut divides on political party lines
The Convention of Manufacturers of Connecticut met in Meriden with around three hundred businessmen in attendance. A main object was to affirm support for the Union but debate grew heated as Republicans and Democrats attempted to control the convention. Republicans eventually succeeded and Democrats assembled elsewhere. The result was two sets of resolutions with varying reasons to support the Union. (By John Osborne)
"Convention of Manufacturers at Meriden," New York Times, January 19, 1860, p. 1.