16th Governor of Connecticut
Who was Jonathan Trumbull?
Jonathan Trumbull was the 16th Governor of Connecticut. He began as a colonial governor prior to the American Revolution in 1769, and ended as governor of the state of Connecticut in 1784. He was one of only a few men to serve as governor both prior and post revolution.
Jonathan Trumbull was the father of American painter John Trumbull. He was the 3rd great-granduncle of U.S. Secretary of State Elihu Root and the 5th great-granduncle of magazine magnate Henry Luce (co-founder of Time, Life, Fortune and Sports Illustrated). Jonathan Trumbull also has kinship to other famous historical figures including abolitionist John Brown, aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart, American legend Johnny Appleseed (aka John Chapman), author Stephen Crane, former U.S. First Lady Nancy Reagan, artist Norman Rockwell, and others.
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