The Old Leatherman



 
The Old Leather Man devoted every day to a pedestrian circuit of a 365-mile, 34-day-long, clockwise trip through southwestern Connecticut and adjacent sections of lower New York State. Dressed from head to toe in a roughly stitched leather suit, the Old Leather Man subsisted on the generosity of the townspeople and farmers who came to know him. He first made his Connecticut appearance before the Civil War, and continued to travel his route through the state until his death in 1889.