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Charles Jared INGERSOLL

(1782-1862)

INGERSOLL, Charles Jared, (son of Jared Ingersoll and brother of Joseph Reed Ingersoll), a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Philadelphia, Pa., October 3, 1782; received an academic training; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1802 and commenced practice in Philadelphia, Pa.; elected as a Republican to the Thirteenth Congress (March 4, 1813-March 3, 1815); chairman, Committee on the Judiciary (Thirteenth Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1814, having been appointed United States district attorney for Pennsylvania, and served in that office, 1815-1829; member of the State improvement convention in 1825; member of the State house of representatives in 1830; member of the State constitutional convention in 1837; appointed secretary of the legation to Prussia March 8, 1837; unsuccessful candidate in 1837 for election to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Francis J. Harper in the Twenty-fifth Congress; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1838 to the Twenty-sixth Congress; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-seventh and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1841-March 3, 1849); chairman, Committee on Foreign Affairs (Twenty-eighth and Twenty-ninth Congresses); was not a candidate for renomination in 1848; appointed Minister to France in 1847 but was not confirmed by the Senate; died on May 14, 1862, in Philadelphia, Pa.; interment in the Woodlands Cemetery.

Bibliography

Ingersoll, Charles Jared. Recollections, Historical, Political, Biographical, and Social, of Charles J. Ingersoll. Philadelphia: Lippincott & Co., 1861; Meigs, William Montgomery. The Life of Charles Jared Ingersoll. 1897. Reprint, New York: DaCapo Press, 1970.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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