Gov. Grasso items on display at Acton Library

Above, Susane Grasso, daughter of Gov. Grasso, with the display at the Acton Public Library, Old Saybrook.

Tedd Levy

OLD SAYBROOK — Highly successful politicians generate an emotional attachment among their constituents and perhaps the most notable of these public figures in recent Connecticut history is Ella Tambussi Grasso, the first female governor in the U.S. elected in her own right and a politician who never lost an election.

Grasso held many offices and served as governor from 1975 until resigning in 1980, dying from cancer five weeks later at the age of 61.

She and her husband Tom were frequently seen along the shoreline and they maintained a summer home in Old Lyme.

Among the items on display is the Congressional Medal of Freedom, the pen used by the president to sign the Rehabilitation Act which she introduced as a member of the House of Representatives, a Gucci briefcase she refused to use thinking it too ostentatious, the 1981 Register and Manual dedicated to her and other memorabilia.

The items on display related to her achievements have been provided through the courtesy of Susane Grasso, daughter of Gov. Grasso, and can be seen at the Acton Public Library, 60 Old Boston Post Road.

Individuals wishing to display items of historic interest should speak with library officials or contact the Old Saybrook Historical Society, 860-395-1635.