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Jonathan TRUMBULL, Jr.

(1740-1809)
Senate Years of Service:
1795-1796
Party:
Federalist

TRUMBULL, Jonathan, Jr., (brother of Joseph Trumbull), a Representative and a Senator from Connecticut; born in Lebanon, Conn., March 26, 1740; graduated from Harvard College in 1759; member, State legislature 1774-1775, 1779-1780, 1788, and served as speaker of the house in 1788; served in the Continental Army as a paymaster; comptroller of the treasury 1778-1779; appointed secretary and aide-de-camp to General George Washington in 1781; elected to the First, Second, and Third Congresses (March 4, 1789-March 3, 1795); did not seek reelection, having become a candidate for Senator; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Second Congress; elected to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1795, to June 10, 1796, when he resigned; lieutenant governor of Connecticut from 1796 until the death of the Governor in December 1797, when he became the Governor; was reelected for eleven consecutive terms, and served from 1797 until his death in Lebanon, Conn., August 7, 1809; interment in the East Cemetery.

Bibliography

American National Biography; Dictionary of American Biography; Ifkovic, John. Connecticut’s Nationalist Revolutionary: Jonathan Trumbull, Jr. Hartford: American Revolution Bicentennial Commission of Connecticut, 1977.

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

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