Ingersoll, Charles Jared

Ingersoll, Charles Jared

(ĭng`gərsôl), 1782–1862, American political leader and author, b. Philadelphia; son of Jared IngersollIngersoll, Jared,
1749–1822, American jurist, b. New Haven, Conn.; son of Jared Ingersoll (1722–81) and father of Charles Jared Ingersoll. After studying law in England, he was admitted (1773) to the bar in Philadelphia and became a leading attorney; he later argued
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 (1749–1822). In several influential publications, including Inchiquin: The Jesuit's Letters on American Literature and Politics (1810), he argued for more intellectual independence and national self-sufficiency. Admitted to the bar in 1802, Ingersoll served (1813–15) as a Jeffersonian in Congress and was (1815–29) U.S. district attorney for Pennsylvania. He returned to Congress (1841–49), where he was chairman of the committee on foreign affairs and was influential in securing the annexation of Texas. Besides several plays, including Julian: A Tragedy (pub. 1831), he wrote a four-volume history of the War of 1812 (1845–52) and his recollections (1861).

Bibliography

See biography by W. M. Meigs (1897, repr. 1970).

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