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Trumbull, Benjamin, 1735-1820



  • Existence: 1735 - 1820

Benjamin Trumbull (19 December 1735 – 2 February 1820) was an early American historian and preacher.

Born in Hebron, Colony of Connecticut, Trumbull graduated from Yale in 1759, and received his theological education under Reverend Eleazer Wheelock, who delivered his ordination sermon in 1760, commending him to the people of North Haven as “not a sensual, sleepy, lazy, dumb dog, that could not bark back.” He continued in that charge for nearly sixty years, his preaching being interrupted only by the Revolution, in which he served both as a volunteer and as chaplain. After the war he published a pamphlet sustaining the claim of Connecticut to the Susquehanna purchase, which influenced the decision of congress in her favor. Yale gave him the degree of D.D. in 1796. He published Twelve Discourses on the Divine Origin of the Holy Scriptures (Hartford, 1790); General History of the United States of America (3 vols., Boston, 1765-1810); and Complete History of Connecticut from 1630 till 1713 (2 vols., Hartford, 1797). The manuscript collections from which this history is compiled are in the Yale library. His grandson Lyman Trumbull was a U.S. Senator from Illinois.

Trumbull was elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society in 1814. AAS holds original copies of over 40 titles related to, or authored by Trumbull, as well as the manuscript of his General History of the United States He died in North Haven, Connecticut.

Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

Benjamin Trumbull letter

Mss 810428
Identifier: Mss 810428
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J. Wheelock letter

Mss 784470
Identifier: Mss 784470
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John Wheelock letter

Mss 810581
Identifier: Mss 810581
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Rev. Benjamin Trumbull letter

Mss 784269
Identifier: Mss 784269
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Rev. Dr. Benjamin Trumbull to David McClure, 1800-05-24

McClure MS-1311: David McClure papers
 Folder: 800324, Box: 4
Scope and Contents Letter from Rev. Dr. Benjamin Trumbull of North Haven to D. McClure, informing him that he is going to transmit his discourse on the death of Gen. Washington to the Historical Society at Boston. He asks for information regarding the history of East Windsor. Gov. Wolcott's manuscript history; Mr. Prince's collection.