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Trumbull, Jonathanlocked

(12 October 1710–17 August 1785)
  • Stephen R. Grossbart


Trumbull, Jonathan (12 October 1710–17 August 1785), merchant and governor of Connecticut, was born Jonathan Trumble in Lebanon, Connecticut, the son of Joseph Trumble, a merchant, and Hannah Higley. Jonathan changed the spelling of his name to Trumbull in 1766. After graduating from Harvard in 1727, Trumbull returned to Lebanon and studied for the ministry with the Reverend Solomon Williams. He earned his M.A. from Harvard in 1730 and was licensed by the Windham, Connecticut, Association of Ministers. He preached on probation for a time in nearby Colchester but declined a call in 1732 after his brother’s death created a vacancy in his father’s business. In 1735 he married Faith Robinson of Duxbury, Massachusetts. The couple had six children, including ...

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