Samuel P. Colt

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Samuel Pomeroy Colt (January 10, 1852 – August 13, 1921) was an industrialist and politician from Rhode Island.

He was born in Paterson, New Jersey on January 10, 1852, the youngest of six children born to Christopher Colt (brother to arms maker Samuel Colt) and Theodora Goujand DeWolf Colt of Bristol, Rhode Island. His friends and family called him "Pom".

In 1875, he was appointed aide-de-camp to Rhode Island Governor Henry Lippitt, receiving the honorary rank of "colonel". He would use this title for the remainder of his life.

In 1876 he graduated from Columbia Law School and was elected to represent Bristol in the Rhode Island House of Representatives. He became involved in efforts to regulate child labor and advance women's property rights. He left the legislature in 1879 to become Assistant Attorney General for Rhode Island, and in 1882 was elected Attorney General for the state.

In 1881, Colt married Elizabeth Bullock, also of Bristol. The marriage produced three sons: Samuel Pomeroy, Jr. (1881–1890), Russell Griswold (1882–1959), and Roswell Christopher (1889–1935). Samuel and Elizabeth separated in 1896, and neither remarried. Russell Griswold Colt went on to marry actress Ethel Barrymore.

In 1886, Colt founded the Industrial Trust Company, a financial organization and served as its president until 1908. Later it became known as Industrial National Bank, and Fleet Bank before being merged into Bank of America.

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