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Charles Jared Ingersoll


Evert A. Duyckinck & George L. Duyckinck, Cyclopaedia of American Literature; embracing personal and critical notices of authors, and selections from their writings. From the earliest period to the present day; with portraits, autographs, and other illustrations 40-42, at 41 (New York: C. Scribner, 1856)(vol.2)

"Charles Jared [Ingersoll], an American statesman, son of [Jared Ingersoll] . . . born in Philadelphia, Oct. 3, 1782, died there, Jan. 14, 1862. He studied law, became an attaché of Rufus King, minister to France, and travelled in Europe. On his return he published 'Chiomara,' a poem (1800), 'Edwy and Elgiva,' a tragedy (1801), and 'Inchiquin the Jesuit's Letters,' a political satire (1810). In 1813 he was elected to congress from Philadelphia, from 1815 to 1829 was United States district attorney, in 1937 was a member of the Pennsylvania constitutional convention, and served again in congress from 1841 to 1847, distinguishing himself as a democratic leader. He then received from President Polk the nomination of minister to France, but the senate refused to confirm it. His other chief works are 'Julian,' a dramatic poem (1831), and 'Historical Sketch of the Second War between the United States and Great Britain' (4 vols. 8vo, 1845-'52)." [George Ripley & Charles A. Dana (eds.), The American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge 279-280 (New York: D. Appleton and Compnay, 1874)]

[Ingersoll's father, Jared Ingerson, was a "lawyer, born in Connecticut in 1749, died in Philadelphia, Oct. 21, 1822. . . . Jared graduated at Yale college in 1766, studied law for five years in London, spent a year and a half in Paris, and then returning to Philadelphia became almost immediately prominent in his profession. IN 1787 he was one of the representatives of Pennsylvania in the convention which framed the constitution of the United States. He twice held the office of attorney general for the state, and was afterward United States district attorney for Pennsylvania. In 1812 he was the federal candidate for vice president of the United States. At the time of his death he was president judge of the district court of Philadelphia county." Id. at 279] [Charels Jared Ingersoll's brother, Joseph Reed Ingersoll, was also a statesmen and a lawyer. He was born in Philadelphia, June 14, 1786 and died there on February 20, 1868. "He graduated at Princeton college in 1804, studied law, and entered upon its practice in Philadelphia. In 1835-'7 he was a member of congress, but declined a reelection till 1841, when he was returned as a whig and protectionist, and held the office for four terms. From 1850 to 1853 he was minister to England. He was an able public speaker, and published several speeches and pamphlets, the principal one being 'Secession a Folly and a Crime.'" Id. at 280]

Ingersoll, Charles Jared, 1782-1862
Biographical Directory of the United States Congress


Charles Jared Ingersoll, Edwy and Elgiva. A tragedy, in five acts. Performed at the New Theatre (Philadelphia: Asbury Dickens, Printed by H. Maxwell, 1801)(blank verse historical drama)


Charles Jared Ingersoll, A Discourse Concerning the Influence of America on the Mind being the annual oration delivered before the American philosophical society, at the University in Philadelphia, on the 18th October, 1823 (Philadelphia: A. Small, 1823) [online text]


Charles Jared Ingersoll, A View of the Rights and Wrongs, Power and Psolicy, of the United States of America (Philadelphia: Baltimoe: O. & A. Conrad & Co. & Conrad, Lucas & Co., 1808)

__________________, Julian: a tragedy. In five acts (Philadelphia: Carey & Lea, 1831) [online text]

__________________, 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, 1845-1849)(3 vols.) [vol. 1: online text]

__________________, History 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: Lippincott, Grambo & Co., 1852) [online text]

__________________, African Slavery in America (Philadelphia: T.K. and P.G. Collins, 1856) [online text]

__________________, Recollections, Historical, Political, Biographical, and Social, of Charles J. Ingersoll by experience, presenting annals, with portraiture of personages of this country, from Genet's arrival in 1792, to the purchase of Louisiana in 1803 (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1861) [online text]


William Montgomery Meigs, The Life of Charles J. Ingersoll (Philadelpia: J.P. Lippincott, 1897) [online text] (New York: DaCapo Press, 1970)