Leland P. Wilson (1871-1959)
Leland P. Wilson was a man who truly loved his community of Windsor and served it well. His grandfather Henry Wilson started the Wilson Brick Company in 1812, and his father carried on in the business. Windsor Historical Society displays a detailed map of the Wilson Station area of Windsor with houses, fences, and natural landscape features drawn by L.P. Wilson as a boy of fifteen. Planning, zoning, and civic improvements in Windsor would become his life’s work.
L.P. Wilson was a charter member of Windsor Historical Society and became its treasurer in 1922, serving continuously until 1956. As part of the town’s 300thanniversary celebrations, he researched the ages of Windsor’s old homes and had signs made for them. As the Society’s treasurer, he understood both the need for and the cost of adequate and safe storage space for the Society’s growing collections. The Society’s leadership dreamed of a fireproof brick building to house collections, and appeals to the membership went out each year.
Leland P. Wilson died in 1959 after a long life of service. Among his accomplishments were getting water mains extended from Hartford to Windsor in 1915 and lobbying successfully to have Windsor included in the new Metropolitan Water District, established in 1929. He served for over 20 years on Windsor’s Board of Finance, was the first person to suggest zoning regulations and a building code for the town, and was instrumental in the formation of the Church of Christ in Wilson.
When he died, sizeable bequests from his estate underwrote the Wilson Memorial Library building; the Church of Christ building in Wilson; and finally a new brick fireproof building for Windsor Historical Society adjoining the Strong-Howard House.