Ingersoll, Jared, American colonial official

Ingersoll, Jared, 1722–81, American colonial official, b. Milford, Conn. He was made (1751) king's attorney in New Haven, and later he sailed (1758) for England as a colonial agent. From a second trip (1763) he returned (1765) with a commission to distribute stamps under the highly unpopular Stamp Act. A mob, led by John Durkee, forced Ingersoll to resign. He was later crown judge of the Philadelphia vice-admiralty court until, in the American Revolution, Loyalist-hunting colonials forced him to return to New Haven. His son, Jared Ingersoll, however, supported the Revolution.

See biography by L. H. Gipson (1920, repr. 1971).

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