Jonathan Trumbull

(1710—1785) revolutionary politician in America

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(1710–85), chief justice of the Connecticut supreme court (1766–69) and governor of the colony and later the state (1769–84), was the only colonial governor to champion the Revolutionary cause. He was an adviser of Washington and has been considered the original of the name “Brother Jonathan”. He was the father of John Trumbull (1756–1843), a painter of grand, historical canvases and portraits.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

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