Trumbull Jr., was the son of the famous Revolutionary era governor
of the same name. He served during a time when the two party system
first came into being. Trumbull married Eunice Bachus in 1766
and worked as a merchant. He held local office until being elected
to the General Assembly. In 1788, he became Speaker of the House.
the Revolutionary War, Trumbull served as paymaster for the army
and then became George Washington's personal secretary. He was
elected to the 1st Congress of the United States in 1789 and served
on the federal level until returning to Connecticut in 1796. He
succeeded Oliver Wolcott as Governor when Wolcott died in 1797.
Governor, Jonathan Trumbull opposed the Federal government's attempt
to use the States troops to enforce the Embargo Act of 1807. He
succeeded at keeping State Federalists from pushing the issue
of whether Connecticut should leave the union, while maintaining
the States autonomy.