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TRUMBULL, Jonathan, Governor [1710-1785] -- American statesman

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He was born in Lebanon, New London county, Conn., Oct. 12, 1710; son of Joseph (d., June 16, 1755) and Hannah (Higley) Trumbull; grandson of Capt. John Higley of Windsor and Simsbury, and of John and Deborah (Jackson) Trumbull of Suffield, Conn., and great-grandson of John and Ellenor (Chandler) Trumbull. John Trumbull came to America about 1637, from Newcastle, upon Tyne, England, and settled first in Roxbury, and then in Rowley, Massachusetts Bay colony.

Jonathan was graduated from Harvard in 1727; studied theology under the Rev. Solomon Williams at Lebanon, and was licensed to preach at Colchester, Conn.

During the Revolutionary war, he was ex-officio chairman of the council of safety; did much toward raising troops for the prosecution of the cause, and was a staunch friend and adviser of General Washington, early assuring him of the loyal support of Connecticut to the cause of American independence, and upholding him throughout the war. Indeed, Trumbull was the only colonial governor to continue in office through the American revolution.

Washington, when in doubt as to his course of action, frequently said, "Let us consult Brother Jonathan," thus giving rise to the name as representing the American people. The honorary degree of LL.D. was conferred upon Governor Trumbull by Yale, in 1775, and by the University of Edinburgh, in 1787.

1775-1783
Lebanon War Office

During the War of the Revolution, Governor Jonathan Trumbull and the Council of Safety held more than eleven hundred meetings in this building, and here also came many distinguished officers of the Continental Army and French Allies.

Their Monument is more Enduring than Bronze.
He was married, Dec. 9, 1735, to Faith, daughter of the Rev. John and Hannah (Wiswall) Robinson of Duxbury, Mass., and of his children,
  1. Jonathan was governor of Connecticut, 1798-1809;
  2. Joseph was the first commissary general of the Continental army;
  3. David ? was commissary of the colony and assistant commissary under his brother;
  4. John became a noted historical painter;
  5. Faith married Gen. Jedidiah Huntington, and
  6. Mary married William Williams, the signer.

In 1896, on the chimney above the fireplace in the old war office at Lebanon, the Connecticut Society Sons of the American Revolution caused to be erected a bronze slab on which is inscribed as shown.

Governor Trumbull died in Lebanon, Conn., Aug. 17, 1785.  -30-
 

Chronology

1727
Graduated from Harvard
1731
Engaged in mercantile business with his father
1733-1740
Delegate to the general assembly
1734
On the death of his brother, joined his father in the business
1739
Appointed as Lt.-Col. in the state militia
1739-1740
Speaker of the house
1743
Established an academy at Lebanon, CT
1766-1769
Deputy-governor of CT
1769-1783
Governor of CT
1775
Honorary LL.D. conferred by Yale
1787
Honorary LL.D. conferred by University of Edinburgh, SCT

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