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 Charles Roberts Ingersoll

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Charles Roberts Ingersoll

Birth
North Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA
Death 25 Jan 1903 (aged 81)
North Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA
Burial New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA
Plot 3 Maple Avenue
Memorial ID 12649663 View Source
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47th Governor of Connecticut. He was born one of seven children (John Van Den Heuvel was born in 1815, Ralph Apthorp Ingersoll was born in 1817, Colin Macrae Ingersoll (later a US Congressman) was born in 1819, Grace Suzette Ingersoll was born in 1823, and William Adrian Ingersoll was born in 1825, and Justine Henrietta Ingersoll was born in 1827), to the prominent lawyer and politician Ralph Isaacs Ingersoll and his wife Margaret Catherine Eleanor Van Den Heuvel Ingersoll in North Haven, Connecticut. He was educated locally and then went onto attend the prestigious Yale College in 1840. Following his education, he traveled around Europe with his Uncle, Captain Vorhes of the ship, 'Preble' for two years before returning to the United States to study law at Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut., where he graduated from in 1844. Following his graduation, he was admitted to the bar in 1845 and he became the law partner of his father. He then served as Director of the New Haven Colony Historical Society in New Haven, Connecticut, and then decided to enter politics. He served as a Clerk of the Connecticut State Assembly in 1846. On December 18, 1847, he married Virginia Gregory (the daughter of Admiral Francis Hoyt Gregory and of War of 1812 hero) in Brooklyn, New York, and the couple would have seven children together (Virginia Gregory was born in 1823, Justine Henrietta Ingersoll was born in 1849, Charles Vandenheuvel Ingersoll was born in 1851 and died that same year, Francis Gregory Ingersoll was born in 1852, Virginia "Jennie" Gregory Ingersoll was born in 1854, Margaret Vandenheuvel Ingersoll was born in 1855, and Elizabeth Shaw Ingersoll was born in 1860). He then served as a Member of the Connecticut State House of Representatives from New Haven, Connecticut, from 1856 to 1858, and again in 1866 and 1871. He also served as a Delegate to the Democratic National Convention from Connecticut in 1864. A Member of the Democratic Party, he then decided to run as a Democratic gubernatorial nomination for the office of Governor of Connecticut and was elected in 1873. He served in that post from May 7, 1873, to January 3, 1877. He was reelected in 1875 and again in 1877. While serving as the Governor of Connecticut, a state constitutional amendment was passed that lengthened the governor's term to two years. The State of Connecticut also endured a financial depression that took six years to recover from, and Hartford, Connecticut, which was a co-capital with New Haven, Connecticut, was finally chosen as the sole lawmaking center. After his term in as Governor of Connecticut expired on January 3, 1877, he was succeeded in office by United States Representative Richard Dudley Hubbard. Following his time as Governor of Connecticut, he resumed his practice of law and took on cases that were of state and federal interests and in the United States Supreme Court. He was also an organizer and Vice President of the Connecticut State Bar Association. He passed away following a short illness and general debility (weakness and feebleness related to old age) on January 25, 1903, at the age of 81, in New Haven, Connecticut, and was buried in the famous Grove Street Cemetery in that city, His wife Virginia passed away on November 30, 1898, at the age of 75, and she was buried with her husband. His prominent family members besides his father Ralph Isaacs Ingersoll and brother Colin Macrae Ingersoll also included a nephew of Charles Anthony Ingersoll, uncle of George Pratt Ingersoll, grandson of Jonathan Ingersoll, first cousin twice removed of Jared Ingersoll, second cousin once removed of Charles Jared Ingersoll and Joseph Reed Ingersoll, third cousin once removed of Charles Edward Ingersoll, a fourth cousin of Laman Ingersoll, a fourth cousin once removed of Elijah Hunt Mills, Ebon Clarke Ingersoll and Robert Green Ingersoll. His maternal grandfather was Jan Cornelis Van den Heuvel, a Dutch-born plantation owner and politician who served as Governor of the Dutch province of Demerara from 1765 to 1770 and later he became a merchant in New York City with the Dutch West India Company. His daughter Elizabeth married prominent New York businessman George Griswold Haven Jr., in 1889.

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