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Ralph Isaacs INGERSOLL

(1789-1872)

INGERSOLL, Ralph Isaacs, (father of Colin Macrae Ingersoll), a Representative from Connecticut; born in New Haven, Conn., February 8, 1789; pursued classical studies, and was graduated from Yale College in 1808; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1810 and commenced practice in New Haven; member of the State house of representatives 1820-1825 and served as speaker during the last two years; elected as an Adams candidate to the Nineteenth and Twentieth Congresses and reelected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-first and Twenty-second Congresses (March 4, 1825-March 3, 1833); was not a candidate for renomination in 1832; resumed the practice of law; appointed State’s attorney for New Haven County in 1833; declined the appointment as United States Senator tendered by Governor Edwards upon the death of Senator Nathan Smith in 1835; Minister to Russia from August 8, 1846, until July 1, 1848, when he resigned; again engaged in the practice of law; mayor of New Haven in 1851; died in New Haven, Conn., August 26, 1872; interment in Grove Street Cemetery.

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

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