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John Trumbull

John Trumbull, American poet, jurist. member Connecticut Legislature, 1792-1800.

Background

  • Trumbull, John was born on April 24, 1750 in Westbury, Connecticut, United States. Son of John and Sarah (Whitman) Trumbull.

  • Education

    • Graduated from Yale, 1767, Master of Arts (Berkeley fellow), 1770. Studied law under John Adams.

    Career

    • 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.

    Works

    • 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.

    Membership

    Member Connecticut Legislature, 1792-1800.

    Connections

    • Married Sarah Hubbard, November 21, 1776, 4 children.
    • father: John Trumbull
    • mother: Sarah (Whitman) Trumbull
    • spouse: Sarah Hubbard
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    Born April 24, 1750
    Died March 11, 1831
    (aged 80)
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