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Trumbull, Jonathan, 1710-1785



  • Existence: 1710 - 1785

Jonathan Trumbull was a merchant and politician who rose to become one of the most famous governors in Connecticut’s history. Born in Lebanon, Connecticut, in 1710, Jonathan attended Harvard and studied for the ministry before beginning a trading partnership with his brother in 1731. After playing a vital role in supplying troops during the French and Indian War, Trumbull won election as deputy governor of Connecticut in 1766. With the death of Governor William Pitkin in 1769, Trumbull became governor of the colony. During the Revolutionary War, Trumbull was the only governor to side with the colonists, subsequently making him both the last governor of the Connecticut colony and the first governor of the state of Connecticut.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Jonathan Trumbull letter

Mss 775475
Identifier: Mss 775475
Scope and Contents One-page letter from Jonathan Trumbull to Jonathan Latimer, quoting from a letter by General Washington, dated August 23, 1775, giving information on the departure and possible whereabouts of some British transports.

This letter sent by Richard Law to General Wooster from New London, Connecticut.

Jonathan Trumbull letter

Mss 778503
Identifier: Mss 778503
Scope and Contents One-page letter from Jonathan Trumbull of Lebanon, Connecticut to Major General Huntington regarding military operations.