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John Trumbull

poet , jurist

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