Humphreys was from Derby, Connecticut. He was known as a diplomat, soldier, and poet. He enlisted the first colored troops in the service of the United States, the Second Company of the Fourth Regiment, formed in 1781. A close friend of George Washington, Humphreys served as his aide and secretary during the Revolutionary War. Later in his career, Humphreys was named Minister to Portugal and Ambassador to Spain. He was the author of the lyrics to the song “Hartford Wits”. David Humphreys founded the first planned factory village in America. His village, Humphreysville, was located on the Naugatuck River at a place which today is within the limits of Seymour, Connecticut.
The marble monument is located in the Connecticut State Capital Sanctuary.
210 Capitol Ave
Hartford, CT 06106