Published series of Addisonian essays in Boston Chronicle, 1769-1770. Gave valedictory oration An Essay on the Uses and Advantages of the Fine Arts, Yale, 1770, tutor, 1772-1773. Published series of 38 essays (under pen name The Correspondent) in Connecticut Journal, 1770-1773.
Admitted to Connecticut bar, 1773. Wrote An Elegy on the Times (his 1st poem reflecting on nat. affairs), 1774. Literary leader of Hartford Wits, 1780’s-90’s.
Contributed to anthology The Echo (1st published in American Mercury, 1807). States attorney for Hartford County, 1789. Member Connecticut Legislature, 1792-1800.
Judge Connecticut Supreme Court, 1801-1819, Supreme Court of the Errors, 1808-1819. Author: Epithalamium (poem), 1769. The Progress of Dullness (satire on contemporary educational methods), 1772-1773.
M’Fingal (comic epic, reprinted 30 times to 1840), 1784. The Poetical Works of John Trumbull, 2 volunteer, 1820.