Omar William Platt
- Written by Joseph B. Barnes, Esq.
Held Many Political Posts
Omar William Platt is another of Milford's home grown heroes who earned his place on the hall of fame by serving his community all his life not venturing out into the world to make his name. Omar Platt was listed by the local paper, the Milford Citizen, as the most influential person in Milford Politics in the first half of the 20th Century. A unique distinction well earned.
It is hard to find a political post he did not hold. He was Town Prosecutor; Judge of Probate; 40 year member of the Board of Education, chairman for 35 of those years;
Chairman of the Taylor Library Board: Chairman of the Republican Town Committee: Delegate to the Republican National Convention during the Roaring Twenties to Nominate President Calvin Coolidge; Member of the State Republican Central Committee; Chairman of the WWI Memorial Committee; Chairman of the 300th Anniversary, Tercentenary, Committee in 1939; and presided over the Milford Historical Society as its Chair for 30 years.
That is not to say he was just a political animal her also distinguished himself in business serving as president of the Milford Trust Company (bank), and Milford Hospital.
Early in his career he distinguished himself as a legislator. According to Taylor's Legislative History of the State of Connecticut: "Omar William Platt, of Milford, has had the honor of representing his native town in the Legislature for two consecutive terms, 1901 and 1903. Mr. Platt is an influential Republican and has been prosecuting attorney of Milford since 1901. He is intensely interested in the welfare and prosperity of his town. He is a highly esteemed member of the Congregational Church, and is a Knight Templar. He gained an enviable reputation in the House of Representatives, serving as a member of the Committees on Judiciary and Judicial Nominations, and as chairman of the Committee on New Towns and Probate Districts. He took a prominent part in the debates and won the respect and admiration of all for his prompt, earnest, eloquent and determined manner. He richly deserves continued honors from the hands of his townsmen."
Omar Platt was a direct descendant of the town founders. He is the son of William Platt (b. 11/17/1823) and Almira A. (Hand) Platt of Watertown, CT, born January 30, 1874. Almira was the second wife of William Platt, (his first wife Sarah Oviatt, sometimes thought to be Omar's Mother, died December 14, 1866).
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