July 15, 1903 - October 6, 1990This plaza is dedicated in honor of William "Bill" Mortensen - whose life is an inspiration to a new generation of Hartford residents. Born in Hartford, Bill Mortensen graduated from Hartford High School, and became one of the city's leading citizens.
He served as Managing Director of the Bushnell Memorial for 40 years. He was director of several corporations, including Heublein, Inc. and the National Fire Insurance Co. He was Hartford's mayor from 1943 to 1945 and held numerous other positions including State Senator, Chairman of the State Development Commission, a Commissioner of the Metropolitan District Commission and president of the Hartford Public Library.
We are pleased to honor his many contributions to Hartford as we welcome you to the William H. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza.