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Governor Jonathan Trumbull Jr.
Governor Jonathan Trumbull Jr.
American, 1740 - 1809
Governor Jonathan Trumbull
Biography: Jonathan Trumbull, Jr., was the son of Faith Robinson Trumbull (1718-1780) and Governor Jonathan Trumbull (1710-1785). He had three brothers and two sisters: his older brother Joseph (1737-1778) was the first commissary-general of the Continental Army; his sister, Faith Trumbull Huntington (1743-1775), was a skilled artist; and his brother John (1756-1843) acquired fame as a painter. Jonathan Trumbull, Jr., graduated from Harvard University in 1759. During the Revolutionary War, he was secretary to George Washington. Later, he was a member of the United States House of Representatives and Senate. He was chosen as Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut in 1796 and became active governor in 1797. Jonathan Trumbull, Jr., was elected Governor of Connecticut, as his father had been, in 1798. Jonathan Trumbull Junior's Georgian-style house in Lebanon, Connecticut, was probably built sometime in the early 1760s by his father, Jonathan Trumbull Sr. Jonathan Jr. and his bride Eunice Backus of Norwich were living in the house at least by 1767, the year they were married, although Jonathan did not purchase the house from his father until 1777.