Joseph Trumbull Edit Profile
He graduated from Yale University in 1801, and studied law with his cousin William Trumbull Williams.
He represented Connecticut in the U.S. Congress and served as the 35th Governor of Connecticut from 1849 to 1850. In 1802 he moved to the Connecticut Western Reserve (now Trumbull County, Ohio) and was admitted to the bar. Shortly thereafter he moved back to Connecticut, establishing a law practice in Hartford.
In addition to a successful law practice, Trumbull was active in several businesses. From 1828 to 1839 he was president of the Hartford Bank, and he served as president of the Providence, Hartford & Fishkill Railroad. Originally a national Republican, and later a Whig, Trumbull began his political career with election to the Connecticut House of Representatives in 1832.
He was sent to the U.S. Congress in December 1834 to complete the term of William W. Ellsworth who had resigned, and was elected as a Whig to the Twenty-sixth and Twenty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1839 – March 3, 1843). Trumbull served as Governor of Connecticut in 1849 and 1850. In 1849 he received the honorary degree of LL.D. from Yale.
In 1851 he served again in the Connecticut House of Representatives. He died Hartford on August 4, 1861 as the result of typhoid fever. He was buried at Old North Cemetery in Hartford.
Joseph Trumbull was born into an influential and politically active family. Several of his paintings are hanging in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C. He lived in the family home known as Redwood, on the Lebanon green. David and Sarah had five children.
Joseph's siblings were:
Abigail Trumbull (1781–1861), who married Peter Lanman (1771–1854)
John Trumbull (1784–1859), who married Anne Gibbons (1789–1823), Hanna Wallace Tunis (1800–1823) and Eliza Bruen (1793–1857)
Jonathan G. W. Trumbull (about 1790-1853), who married Jane Eliza Lathrop (1795–1843).
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