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Charles Roberts Ingersoll

Charles Roberts Ingersoll September 16, 1821 – January 25, 1903 was an American lawyer and the 47th Governor of Connecticut from 1873 to 18771


  • 1 Biography
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Death
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links


Ingersoll was born in New Haven, Connecticut, son of Ralph Isaacs Ingersoll, a New Haven lawyer who also served in the state House of Representatives, the United States Congress, and as United States Minister to Russia and as the mayor of New Haven, and of his wife, Margaret, née Van den Heuvel1 He graduated from Yale College at the age of nineteen in 1840 He visited Europe aboard the United States frigate Preble, commanded by his uncle, Captain Voorhes, for two years, and returned to Yale Law School, graduating in 1844 His wife was Virginia Gregory, daughter of Admiral Francis Hoyt Gregory They had six children1 A daughter, Elizabeth, married George G Haven, Jr


Ingersoll was admitted to the bar in 1845 and became the law partner of his father,1 and served as director of the New Haven Colony Historical Society Ingersoll entered politics in 1846, serving as clerk of the Connecticut Assembly, a position he was reelected to in 1856, 1857, 1858, 1866, and 1871 He was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention from Connecticut in 1864 He served in the state legislature as a democrat

Winning the 1873 Democratic gubernatorial nomination, Ingersoll was elected Governor of Connecticut He was reelected in 1874, and 1875 serving from May 7, 1873 to January 3, 18772 During his tenure, a state constitutional amendment was passed that lengthened the governor's term to two years Also, the state endured a financial depression that took six years to recover from, and Hartford—which was a co-capital with New Haven—was finally chosen as the sole lawmaking center Ingersoll did not run for reelection, and left office January 1877 He continued to practice law, trying cases on the state and federal levels and in the US Supreme Court He also was an organizer and vice president of the State Bar Association2


Ingersoll died January 25, 1903 age 81 years, 131 days, in New Haven1 and is interred at Grove Street Cemetery, New Haven, Connecticut3


  1. ^ a b c d e Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale University Deceased during the Academical Year ending in June, 1903, including the record of a few who died previously, hitherto unreported, Yale College, New Haven, Connecticut, 1903, pp 216-8
  2. ^ a b "Charles Roberts Ingersoll" National Governors Association Retrieved 5 December 2012 
  3. ^ "Charles Roberts Ingersoll" The Political Graveyard Retrieved 5 December 2012 

External linksedit

  • Biographical Encyclopaedia of Connecticut and Rhode Island of the Nineteenth Century, Metropolitan Publishing and Engraving, New York, 1881, pp 105–107
  • The Political Graveyard
  • National Governors Association
  • Charles Roberts Ingersoll at Find a Grave

Political offices
Preceded by
Marshall Jewell
Governor of Connecticut
Succeeded by
Richard D Hubbard

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