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Jared Ingersoll


Jared Ingersoll was born in 1749. He graduated at Yale College, and then began the practice of the law in Philadelphia, where he soon acquired a high reputation, although brought in conflict with the most distinguished lawyers of the day. He was elected to a seat in Congress under the confederation, and was chosen as one of the representatives of Pennsylvania in the convention which assembled to frame the federal constitution. In both these bodies he made a decided impression as a learned and able man. Soon afterward he became attorney-general of Pennsylvania, which office he held until 1816, when he resigned. At the time of his death he was a judge. In 1812, Mr. Ingersoll was the federal candidate for the vice-presidency of the United States. The candidates of the Republican or war party were, however, elected. Mr. Ingersoll died in 1822, at the age of seventy-three.

Source: Marshall, James V.. The United States Manual of Biography and History. Philadelphia: James B. Smith & Co., 1856. Pages 178-179. (Some minor spelling changes may have been made.)


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