INGERSOLL, Charles Jared

1782–1862

Biography

INGERSOLL, Charles Jared, (son of Jared Ingersoll and brother of Joseph Reed Ingersoll), a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Philadelphia, Pa., October 3, 1782; received an academic training; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1802 and commenced practice in Philadelphia, Pa.; elected as a Republican to the Thirteenth Congress (March 4, 1813-March 3, 1815); chairman, Committee on the Judiciary (Thirteenth Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1814, having been appointed United States district attorney for Pennsylvania, and served in that office, 1815-1829; member of the State improvement convention in 1825; member of the State house of representatives in 1830; member of the State constitutional convention in 1837; appointed secretary of the legation to Prussia March 8, 1837; unsuccessful candidate in 1837 for election to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Francis J. Harper in the Twenty-fifth Congress; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1838 to the Twenty-sixth Congress; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-seventh and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1841-March 3, 1849); chairman, Committee on Foreign Affairs (Twenty-eighth and Twenty-ninth Congresses); was not a candidate for renomination in 1848; appointed Minister to France in 1847 but was not confirmed by the Senate; died on May 14, 1862, in Philadelphia, Pa.; interment in the Woodlands Cemetery.

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External Research Collections

Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 1803-1889, 725 items. Correspondence with other public figures.
Papers: In papers of Sidney George Fisher, 1832-1895, ca. 3 feet. Includes 150 letters (1833-1855) to his daughter, Elizabeth (Ingersoll) Fisher.

Duke University
Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library

Durham, NC
Papers: In papers, 1846, 1 item. Letter from Samuel A. Douglass to Charles Jared Ingersoll.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: 1826-1849. 7 items.
Papers: In the papers of Nicholas Biddle, 1681-1933, 39.2 linear feet. Correspondents include Charles Jared Ingersoll.
Papers: In the Blair family papers, 1755-1968, 29.5 linear feet. Correspondents include Charles Jared Ingersoll.
Papers: In the family papers of Lewis H. Machen, 1802-1938, 12 linear feet. Subjects include Charles Jared Ingersoll.
Papers: In the papers of Martin Van Buren, 1787-1862, 18 linear feet. Correspondents include Charles Jared Ingersoll.

New-York Historical Society

New York, NY
Papers: 1803-1859, 38 items.

New-York Historical Society
New-York Historical Society Library

New York, NY
Papers: In the papers of Rufus King, 1783-1826, 21 linear feet. Correspondents include Charles Jared Ingersoll.

New York Public Library

New York, NY
Papers: 1 letter (May 25, 1815) in the Caesar Rodney papers. Finding aid in repository.

Pennsylvania State University
University Libraries, Special Collections Library, Historical Collections and Labor Archive

University Park, PA
Papers: In the papers of the Cleveland Family Collection, ca. 1650-1990, 2.55 cubic feet. Letter about slavery written by Hon. Charles Jared Ingersoll, who lived in Philadelphia and was a member of the Tammany Society of New York.

Princeton University
Princeton University Library, Manuscripts Division

Princeton, NJ
Papers: In the papers of the Ingersoll family collection, 1797-1954, .2 linear feet. Consists chiefly of letters of Jared Ingersoll to his son Charles while he was a student at the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University).
Papers: In the papers of Edward Livingston, 1683-1877, 75.5 cubic feet. Correspondents include Charles Jared Ingersoll.

Transylvania University
Library, Special Collections

Lexington, KY
Papers: In the papers of Henry Clay, 1793-1852, ca. 3 cubic feet. Correspondents include Charles Jared Ingersoll.

University of Chicago
The Unversity of Chicago Library, Special Collections, Lincoln Collection

Chicago, IL
Letters: Letters to J.R. Goodman, Philadelphia, 1842, 3 items. Letters are part of the Lincoln collection.

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Bibliography / Further Reading

Ashmun, George. Speech of Mr. George Ashmun, of Massachusetts, in reply to the attack of C. J. Ingersoll upon Daniel Webster. Delivered in the House of Representatives of the U. S., April 27, 1846. [Washington: J. & G. S. Gideon, printers, 1846].

Ingersoll, Charles Jared. African slavery in America. Philadelphia: T. K. and P. G. Collins, printers, 1856.

------. A communication on the improvement of government: read before the American Philosophical Society, at a meeting attended by General La Fayette, October 1st, 1824. Philadelphia: Printed by A. Small, 1824.

------. A discourse concerning the influence of America on the mind. Philadelphia: A. Small, 1823.

------. A discourse delivered before the Society for the commemoration of the landing of William Penn. Philadelphia: R.H. Small, 1825.

------. Edwy and Edgiva: a tragedy. Phildelphia: Published by Asbury Dickens, 1801.

------. Gen. Jackson's fine. Washington: Printed by Blair and Rives, 1843.

------. Historical sketch of the second war between the United States of America, and Great Britain, declared by act of Congress, the 18th of June, 1812, and concluded by peace, the 15th of February, 1815. Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, 1845-49.

------. History of the second war between the United States of America and Great Britain. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Grambo & Co., 1852.

------. "I consider Oregon worth a war" : letter of Charles Jared Ingersoll on the Oregon question, March 3, 1846. With an introduction. by Glenn Mason. [Eugene: Friends of the Library, University of Oregon, 1975].

------. Inchiquin, the Jesuit's letters, during a late residence in the United States of America. New-York: Printed and Published by I. Riley, 1810.

------. Julian: A tragedy. In five acts. Philadelphia: Carey & Lea, 1831.

------. Mr. Ingersoll's letter to his constituents, on the subject of foreign influence. Lexington: K., Printed by Smith and Bickley, 1813.

------. Obituary notice of Joseph Bonaparte. [N.p., 1855?]

------. [Opinion] of ... Charles J. Ingersoll "with reference to the United States bank, and the question of vested rights." [Philadelphia: N.p., 1836].

------. Oration delivered before the Philadelphia association for celebrating the Fourth of July, without distinction of party. Philadelphia: Pub. by order of the Association, 1832.

------. Recollections, Historical, Political, Biographical, and Social, of Charles J. Ingersoll. Philadelphia: Lippincott & Co., 1861.

------. Speech of Charles J. Ingersoll, esq., on the right to repeal bank charters. Delivered in the convention of Pennsylvania. Washington: Office of the Democratic Review; New York, L. Scott; [etc., etc.] 1839.

------. Speech of Hon. C. J. Ingersoll, of Penn., on the Mexican War. Delivered in the House of Representatives Tuesday, January 19, 1847. Washington: Printed at the Office of Blair and Rives, 1847.

------. A view of river rights. Philadelphia: P. H. Nicklin & T. Johnson, 1835.

------. A view ot [i.e. of] the committee powers of Congress. [Philadelphia: N.p., 1835].

------. A view of the rights and wrongs, power and policy, of the United States of America. Philadelphia: C. & A. Conrad & Co.; Baltimore, Conrad, Lucas & Co., 1808.

Ingersoll, Charles Jared. Recollections, Historical, Political, Biographical, and Social, of Charles J. Ingersoll. Philadelphia: Lippincott & Co., 1861.

List, Friedrich. Outlines of American political economy, in a series of letters addressed by Frederick List ... to Charles J. Ingersoll ... To which is added the celebrated letters of Mr. Jefferson to Benjamin Austin, and of Mr. Madison to the editors of the Lynchburg Virginian. Philadelphia: Printed by S. Parker, 1827.

Meigs, William Montgomery. The Life of Charles Jared Ingersoll. 1897. Reprint, New York: DaCapo Press, 1970.

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