Gov. Jonathan Trumbull, Jr.

Gov. Jonathan Trumbull, Jr.

Male 1740 - 1809  (69 years)    Has more than 100 ancestors and 2 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Jonathan Trumbull 
    Prefix Gov. 
    Suffix Jr. 
    Relationshipwith Francis Fox
    Born 26 Mar 1740 
    Gender Male 
    Died 2 Aug 1809 
    Person ID I456703  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 20 Oct 2003 

    Father Gov. Jonathan Trumbull,   b. 23 Oct 1710, Lebanon, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Aug 1785, Lebanon, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Mother Faith Robinson,   b. 11 Dec 1718,   d. 31 May 1780  (Age 61 years) 
    Married 9 Dec 1735 
    Siblings 5 siblings 
    Family ID F181088  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Eunice Bachus,   b. 2 Aug 1749,   d. 1 Feb 1826  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 26 Mar 1767 
     1. Harriet Trumbull,   b. 2 Sep 1783,   d. 21 Jan 1850  (Age 66 years)
    Last Modified 20 Oct 2003 
    Family ID F181096  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    • After graduating from Harvard, he was active in business with his father and brothers. He made trips to Nantucket for whale oil, managed the Trumbull flour mill in Lebanon, and supervised the Trumbull shipyard at East Haddam
      At the start of the Revolution in 1775, Jonathan was appointed Paymaster General for the northern department of the Continental Army, and in 1778 he became the first Comptroller of the U.S. Treasury. In 1781, Jonathan became military secretary to General George Washington, participating at the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown. He stayed at Washington's side until the Treaty of Paris was signed in 1783, and was a trusted friend and confidante of the distinguished commander-in-chief.
      As military secretary to General George Washington, Jonathan Trumbull, Junior, was responsible for all written communications from the Commander-in-Chief. These included letters to allied officers, regular reports to Congress on Washingtons whereabouts and military needs, and drafting ceremonial and other addresses. Jonathan witnessed the surrender of Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown and prepared Washington's victory dispatch to Congress.
      Jonathan's national service had shown him firsthand the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation. He became a staunch nationalist, convinced that the well-being of the nation depended on a strong federal union. He strongly supported the Constitutional Convention of 1787.
      He was elected to the first U.S. Congress created under the new Constitution in 1789 and was the second speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. He was later a U.S. Senator. In 1797 Jonathan Trumbull, Junior, was elected governor of Connecticut. He was reelected each year until he died in office in 1809.

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