INGERSOLL, Ralph Isaacs

1789–1872

Biography

INGERSOLL, Ralph Isaacs, (father of Colin Macrae Ingersoll), a Representative from Connecticut; born in New Haven, Conn., February 8, 1789; pursued classical studies, and was graduated from Yale College in 1808; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1810 and commenced practice in New Haven; member of the State house of representatives 1820-1825 and served as speaker during the last two years; elected as an Adams candidate to the Nineteenth and Twentieth Congresses and reelected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-first and Twenty-second Congresses (March 4, 1825-March 3, 1833); was not a candidate for renomination in 1832; resumed the practice of law; appointed State's attorney for New Haven County in 1833; declined the appointment as United States Senator tendered by Governor Edwards upon the death of Senator Nathan Smith in 1835; Minister to Russia from August 8, 1846, until July 1, 1848, when he resigned; again engaged in the practice of law; mayor of New Haven in 1851; died in New Haven, Conn., August 26, 1872; interment in Grove Street Cemetery.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Connecticut Historical Society

Hartford, CT
Papers: 1807-1864, 7 letters. Index in repository.

Boston Public Library

Boston, MA
Papers: 1 letter.

Boston University
Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center

Boston, MA
Papers: In the papers of Ralph Ingersoll, 1900-1985. Subjects include Ralph Isaacs Ingersoll.

Columbia University
Columbia University Libraries, Archival Collections

New York, NY
Papers: In the Hamilton family papers. Correspondents include Ralph Isaacs Ingersoll.

New Haven Colony Historical Society

New Haven, CT
Papers: In the Ingersoll family papers, 1676-1874, ca. 3 feet (2,050 items). Includes diary (1846) kept en route to assume duties as Minister to Russia. Unpublished finding aid in repository.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Bronson, Henry. A Brief Sketch of the Life and Character of the late Ralph I. Ingersoll. New Haven: Press of Hoggson and Robinson, 1873.

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