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Re: Charles Robert Ingersoll, 1821-1903 CT
Posted by: Date: July 05, 2001 at 21:34:51
In Reply to: Charles Robert Ingersoll, 1821-1903 CT by Peter of 996

A Genealogy of the Ingersoll Family in America 1629-1925
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68. Hon. Ralph Isaacs5 Ingersoll (Jonathan,4 Jonathan,3 Jonathan,2 John1), born Feb. 8, 1789 at New Haven; died there Aug. 26, 1872. He was graduated from Yale in 1808, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1811, and began to practice in his native city where he attained high rank in his profession. In 1819 he was chosen a representative in the legislature on which devolved the duty of conforming the existing laws to the new constitution which had taken the place of the old charter.

Mr. Ingersoll was perhaps the most conspicuous debater on the Democratic side. The Federal speakers and the press called him "Young Hotspur," and Theodore Dwight in his political lyrics alluded to him under that name. For seven years Mr. Ingersoll continued to represent New Haven in the lower branch of the legislature and in 1825 he was elected at the same time to the legislature of the State and to Congress. He was re-elected to Congress for four consecutive terms and served on important committees, but in 1833 he declined a re-election in order to devote himself to his profession.

He was State's Attorney for Connecticut for several years, and in 1846 was appointed by President Polk U. S. Minister to Russia. After holding this post two years he resigned and returned to New Haven, where he spent the rest of his life in retirement. (Appleton's Biog. Cyclopedia.)

He married Margaret C. E. Van den Huevel, born 1790; died 1878.

i John V. D. H., b. May 2, 1815; d. 1846; unmarried; Yale, 1834;
drowned in Lake Erie.
188 ii Ralph Apothea, b. March 4, 1817.
189 iii Colin Macrae, b. March 11, 1819.
190 iv Charles Roberts, b. Sept. 16, 1822.
v Grace Suzette, b. Sept. 29, 1823; d. Dec. 22, 1904; unmarried.
vi William A., b. Sept. 29, 1825; d. Aug. 25, 1865; Paymaster U. S.
Navy; unmarried.
vii Justine Henrietta, b. Sept. 9, 1827; d. Feb. 14, 1832.

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190. Ex-Gov. Charles Roberts6 Ingersoll (Ralph Isaacs,5 Jonathan,4 Jonathan,3 Jonathan,2 John1), born Sept. 16, 1822 at New Haven, Conn.; died Jan. 25, 1903; m., 1847, Virginia Gregory, who died Aug. 30, 1898, dau. of Rear Admiral Francis H. Gregory, U. S. N. and Elizabeth Shaw.

He was graduated from Yale in the class of 1846 and later from the Yale Law School. He represented Yale University as counsel for many years and was given the degree of LL.D. by his Alma Mater in 1874. He was elected three times Governor of Connecticut, serving from 1873 to 1877.

At a distinguished gathering of the bench and bar of New Haven County resolutions were unanimously adopted, and the following eulogy was given by Judge Simeon E. Baldwin:

"No family in Connecticut has been so long and so thoroughly identified with her history, colonial and state, as that of the Ingersolls. In the 18th century, in the 19th, and thus far in the 20th, some of its members have always been among her foremost citizens; foremost among her lawyers, her judges, and her statesmen. Jared Ingersoll, the first of the line to become a member of this bar, when agent of the colony at London in 1765, was he who preserved, and, I presume, gave its finish of form and antithesis, to the burst of eloquence with which Colonel Barre attacked the stamp act in the House of Commons, and which has ever since been the famous declamation piece of American schoolboys. From this day, and I think he entered this bar in 1746, there has been until this week, no time when some one of the same name and blood has not been a member of it in active practice, or superintending its practice from the bench.

"In my boyhood, my father, then one of the older members of this bar, used to speak of him as young Charles Ingersoll, for there was then another of his name, an uncle, who was judge of the district court for the District of Connecticut. When I came myself to the bar, Governor Ingersoll was a man of middle age, in partnership, with his father, Ralph I. Ingersoll. The two had many things in common. There was the same charm of manner, the same power and beauty of expression, the same faculty in argument, whether before court or jury, of bringing feeling to the support of reason; the same reflective quality which made them brood over a subject until they felt that they had fully mastered it in all its length and breadth. Ralph I. Ingersoll had perhaps a greater depth of pathos, but he did not surpass his son in force of statement. Who could? Who ever listened to an argument of Governor Ingersoll without being struck by this quality in it, and also by an elegance of diction, which challenged the attention of the most careless, and lent beauty without lessening power? In the choice of apt words; in knowing where to begin, and when to stop; where to rest the burden of the case, and how to rest it there most naturally and effectively; in the ability to make his hearers see what he saw and as he saw, carrying them along with him by mere force of clear and orderly statement of cause and effect, Governor Ingersoll had no superior. One never felt that he was straining

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for effect. One never felt that he was straining at all. He had no need of that. There was no question before our courts that he was not competent to handle; none that he could not, as he pondered over it (and as to that he was not sparing of his time), set in such a light that he could see it in all its bearings; nor was he ever at a loss how to make plain to any listener what was plain to him.

"His work and character as a lawyer concerns us more on this occasion than his public life. Let me add, however, a word as to that. Whatever offices came to him he filled well. In the general assembly, and as governor of the state, he bore himself always with dignity and always with courtesy. He was recognized as a man of reserved power. He was not one of those who attack men or measures for the pleasure of it. He shot no poisoned arrows.

"His administration as governor (1872 to 1877) will be best remembered for his assertion of the necessity of constitutional reform and his advocacy of a constitutional convention. Something in that direction was accomplished; less than he would have wished, but enough, at least, to mitigate the inequalities of representation to which he called the attention of the general assembly.

"But here, in this room, where his voice has been so often heard, it is as a lawyer that we prefer to think of him.

"He had come down to the present bar from a former generation. He was of the old school of Connecticut.

"Governor Ingersoll was of the old school of lawyers. The modern spirit of bustle and hurry, what we sometimes call the strenuous life, what we might sometimes better call the superficial life, was not for him. His work was always rounded out and finished.

"And now it is so with his whole life-work. And as each part was finished, so the whole. It was well finished.

"Eighty-one years had left his step alert, his figure straight, his look bright, his voice clear. The Dutch blood from his mother's side, with its staying power, had mingled well with the New England blood on his father's side. A time comes for us all to go; and happy he who can end fourscore years with a strength that is not labor nor sorrow, and, outliving his generation, not outlive his his friends.

"No estimate of Governor Ingersoll's professional character would be complete which failed to do justice to his absolute integrity. Bred in the traditions of his race he loathed hypocrisy, deceit, and chicanery of every sort; was honest with his clients, his opponents, the court, and, above all, with himself.

"This is not the time nor place to dwell upon Governor Ingersoll's personality nor upon the attractiveness of his private character, but any tribute to his memory would fail to be adequate which omitted to note the unvarying courtesy that was but the reflection of the innate kindliness of the man. One of the best, he was 'fine' to his fingers' ends, courtly in his manners, affable, tactful and considerate of the feelings of others, and to every man gave his just meed of appreciation and recognition.

"And now at last he has gone to his rest full of years and honors, leaving with us a memory which we shall love to cherish and an example we will do well to emulate."

i Justine Henrietta, b. May 7, 1849; d. Aug. 27, 1909, Jamaica Plains, Mass. Buried in New Haven. "A writer of some note."
ii Charles V., b. Feb. 3, 1851; d. Aug. 28, 1851.
iii Francis Gregory, b. June 14, 1852; Yale A.B., LL.B., 1877; an attorney of Rye, N. Y.; m., Oct. 9, 1899, New Haven, Lucy R. Trowbridge.
429 iv Virginia G., b. Nov. 16, 1853.
v Margaret V., b. Oct. 22, 1855; d. May 29, 1858.
430 vi Elizabeth S., b. Oct. 10, 1860.

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