Jonathan Ingersoll

Jonathan Ingersoll (April 16, 1747 – January 12, 1823) was a Connecticut politician of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

Jonathan Ingersoll
29th Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut
In office
1816 – January 12, 1823
GovernorOliver Wolcott, Jr.
Preceded byChauncey Goodrich
Succeeded byDavid Plant
Personal details
Born(1747-04-16)April 16, 1747
Ridgefield, Province of Connecticut, British America
DiedJanuary 12, 1823(1823-01-12) (aged 75)
New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
Resting placeGrove Street Cemetery
Political partyDemocratic-Republican
Toleration (1817-1823)
Grace Isaacs
(m. 1786)
RelationsJared Ingersoll Sr. (uncle)
Jared Ingersoll (cousin)
Children10, including Ralph Isaacs, Charles Anthony
Parent(s)Jonathan Ingersoll
Dorcas Moss Ingersoll
Alma materYale College

Early lifeEdit

Ingersoll was born on April 16, 1747 in Ridgefield in what was then called the Province of Connecticut, a part of British America.[1] He was the son of Rev. Jonathan Ingersoll (1713–1778) and Dorcas (née Moss) Ingersoll (1725–1811).[2] His father was the chaplain for the Connecticut Troops during the French and Indian War.[3] His sister, Esther Ingersoll, was married to Lt. Ebenezer Olmsted.[4]

His uncle was Jared Ingersoll Sr., a British colonial official, and his cousin, Jared Ingersoll, served as Attorney General of Pennsylvania. His cousin's son (his first cousin once removed), Charles Jared Ingersoll, was a U.S. Representative and the father of author Edward Ingersoll.[5]

He graduated from Yale College in 1766 and began practicing as a lawyer.[6]


From 1792 until 1797, he was a member of Connecticut council of assistants.[2]

On September 16, 1793, he was elected as a member representing his state at-large in the United States House of Representatives, by a special election (to replace Congressman-elect Benjamin Huntington who had become a Judge). However he declined this office before the 3rd Congress convened, so he was never sworn in. A replacement was elected at a special election on November 11, 1793.[7] He served as Superior court judge in Connecticut, 1798–1801 and 1811–1816.[8]

Ingersoll was the ninth Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut from 1816 until his death in 1823.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

On April 1, 1786, he was married to Grace Isaacs (1772–1850), the daughter of Ralph Isaacs, Jr., a Yale educated merchant who was prominent in New Haven and Branford. Together, they were the parents of:[10]

Ingersoll died while in office on January 12, 1823, in New Haven, Connecticut. He was buried in Grove Street Cemetery in New Haven.


Through his son Ralph, he was the grandfather of seven, including John Van den Heuvel Ingersoll (1815–1846), a Yale educated lawyer who edited a political paper in Ohio and served as secretary of the Indian Commission,[15] Colin Macrae Ingersoll (1819–1903),[16] who was a member of Congress from Connecticut and married Julia Harriet Pratt, the daughter of U.S. Representative Zadock Pratt,[17] and Charles Roberts Ingersoll (1821–1903), who served as Governor of Connecticut from 1873 to 1877 and married Virginia Gregory, the daughter of Admiral Francis Gregory.[12]

Through his son Charles, he was the grandfather of Charles Dennis Ingersoll (1843–1905), a lawyer in New York City, and Thomas Chester Ingersoll (1845–1884).


  1. ^ 1708--Ridgefield, Connecticut--1908: Bi-centennial Celebration, July 6th and 7th, 1908; Report of the Proceedings, Together with the Papers Presented and the Addresses Made. Case, Lockwood & Brainard Company. 1908. p. 1. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b Papers of the New Haven Colony Historical Society, Vol. IX. The Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Press. 1918. p. 175. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  3. ^ Goodwin, Nathaniel (1982). Genealogical Notes Or Contributions to the Family History of Some of the First Settlers of Connecticut and Massachusetts. Genealogical Publishing Com. p. 124. ISBN 9780806301594. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  4. ^ Sanders, Jack (2014). Ridgefield Chronicles. Arcadia Publishing. p. 49. ISBN 9781625852328. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  5. ^ Clay, Henry (2015). The Papers of Henry Clay: Secretary of State 1826. University Press of Kentucky. p. 196. ISBN 9780813162461. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  6. ^ a b Drake, Francis Samuel (1879). Dictionary of American Biography, Including Men of the Time: Containing Nearly Ten Thousand Notices of Persons of Both Sexes, of Native and Foreign Birth, who Have Been Remarkable, Or Prominently Connected with the Arts, Sciences, Literature, Politics, Or History of the American Continent. Giving Also the Pronunciation of Many of the Foreign and Peculiar American Names, a Key to the Assumed Names of Writers, and a Supplement. J.R. Osgood. p. 472. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  7. ^ United States Congressional Elections, 1788–1997: The Official Results, by Michael J. Dubin (McFarland and Company, 1998)
  8. ^ Kestenbaum, Lawrence. "The Political Graveyard: Index to Politicians: Ingersoll". Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  9. ^ Allen, William (1832). An American Biographical and Historical Dictionary: Containing an Account of The Lives, Characters, and Writings of the Most Eminent Persons in North America from its First Settlement, and a Summary of The History of the Several Colonies and of the United States. W. Hyde. p. 484. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  10. ^ Avery, Lillian Drake (2006). A Genealogy of the Ingersoll Family in America, 1629-1925: Comprising Descendants of Richard Ingersoll of Salem, Massachusetts, John Ingersoll of Westfield, Mass., and John Ingersoll of Huntington, Long Island. Higginson Book Co. pp. 39, 159. ISBN 9780740405921. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  11. ^ "INGERSOLL, Ralph Isaacs - Biographical Information". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g Selleck, A.M., Rev. Charles Melbourne (1896). Norwalk. p. 331. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  13. ^ The University Magazine, Volume 6, Issue 2. University of Pennsylvania. 1892. p. 198. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  14. ^ Journal of the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America. Convention. 1854. p. 12. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  15. ^ Dexter, Franklin Bowditch (1913). Biographical Notices of Graduates of Yale College: Including Those Graduated in Classes Later Than 1815, who are Not Commemorated in the Annual Obituary Records. Yale College. p. 252. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  16. ^ "Colin M. Ingersoll Dead: Pneumonia Carries Off a Man Prominent in Connecticut for Half a Century" (PDF). The New York Times. September 14, 1903.
  17. ^ "INGERSOLL, Colin Macrae - Biographical Information". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 7 September 2018.

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Political offices
Preceded by Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut
Succeeded by