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Joseph Trumbull (governor)

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Joseph Trumbull December 7, 1782 – August 4, 1861 was a US lawyer, banker, and politician from Connecticut He represented Connecticut in the US Congress and served as the 35th Governor of Connecticut from 1849 to 1850


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Death and burial
  • 4 Family
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Early lifeedit

Joseph Trumbull was born in Lebanon, Connecticut on December 7, 1782 He graduated from Yale University in 1801, and studied law with his cousin William Trumbull Williams1 In 1802 he moved to the Connecticut Western Reserve now Trumbull County, Ohio and was admitted to the bar Shortly thereafter he moved back to Connecticut, establishing a law practice in Hartford2


In addition to a successful law practice, Trumbull was active in several businesses From 1828 to 1839 he was president of the Hartford Bank, and he served as president of the Providence, Hartford & Fishkill Railroad

Originally a national Republican, and later a Whig, Trumbull began his political career with election to the Connecticut House of Representatives in 1832

He was sent to the US Congress in December 1834 to complete the term of William W Ellsworth who had resigned, and was elected as a Whig to the Twenty-sixth and Twenty-seventh Congresses March 4, 1839 – March 3, 18433

Trumbull served as Governor of Connecticut in 1849 and 1850

In 1849 he received the honorary degree of LLD from Yale In 1851 he served again in the Connecticut House of Representatives

Death and burialedit

He died Hartford on August 4, 1861 as the result of typhoid fever He was buried at Old North Cemetery in Hartford4 Two days later, his second wife Eliza also died

Within a year of his death ten of his close relatives died, including his sister Abigail, his wife Eliza, his brother-in-law William L Storrs, Joseph and Eliza's daughter Eliza, their son-in-law Lucius Robinson and Lucius' father David Robinson5


Joseph Trumbull was born into an influential and politically active family His grandfather, Jonathan Trumbull, was a colonial Connecticut governor and was the first governor of the State of Connecticut, serving a total of fourteen one year terms His uncle, Jonathan Trumbull Jr served as governor for ten terms Another uncle, John Trumbull, served as a personal aide to George Washington during the Revolutionary War and became a famous painter Several of his paintings are hanging in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, DC His aunt Mary Trumbull married William Williams, a political activist and signer of the Declaration of Independence

His first wife, Harriet Champion, was the daughter of Henry Champion, a general in the Revolutionary War His second wife was the sister of William L Storrs, a US Congressman and later the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Connecticut

Joseph Trumbull was born to David Trumbull and his wife née Sarah Backus in Lebanon, Connecticut He lived in the family home known as Redwood, on the Lebanon green

David and Sarah had five children Joseph's siblings were:

  • Sarah Trumbull 1779–1839, who married William Trumbull Williams 1779–1839, her cousin
  • Abigail Trumbull 1781–1861, who married Peter Lanman 1771–1854
  • John Trumbull 1784–1859, who married Anne Gibbons 1789–1823, Hanna Wallace Tunis 1800–1823 and Eliza Bruen 1793–1857
  • Jonathan G W Trumbull about 1790-1853, who married Jane Eliza Lathrop 1795–1843

Harriet died in 1823 and Joseph married Eliza Storrs 1784–1861, sister of William L Storrs, on December 1 of the following year With his second wife he was the father of a daughter, Eliza Storrs Trumbull 1826–1862


  1. ^ Norton, Frederick Calvin 1905 The Governors of Connecticut Hartford: The Connecticut Magazine Company 
  2. ^ Franklin Bowditch Dexter 1911 Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College with Annals of the College History V New York: Henry Holt and Company 
  3. ^ Trumbull’s Congressional biography "TRUMBULL, Joseph, 1782 - 1861" Check |url= value help Retrieved 4 Oct 2011 
  4. ^ Thomas E Spencer 1998 Where They're Buried: A directory Containing More Than Twenty Thousand Names of Notable Persons Buried in American Cemeteries Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co, Inc p 406 
  5. ^ "Death of Mrs Eliza Trumbull Robinson" The Hartford Courant Hartford 30 August 1862 p 2 

External linksedit

  • Trumbull’s Congressional biography
  • Joseph Trumbull at National Governors Association
  • Joseph Trumbull at Find a Grave
US House of Representatives
Preceded by
William W Ellsworth
Member of the US House of Representatives
from Connecticut's at-large congressional district

Succeeded by
Elisha Haley
Preceded by
Isaac Toucey
Member of the US House of Representatives
from Connecticut's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Thomas H Seymour
Political offices
Preceded by
Clark Bissell
Governor of Connecticut
Succeeded by
Thomas H Seymour

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