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Ingersoll, Jared, 1749-1822
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Ingersoll Family Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1797-1954 (mostly 1797-1865)
1 box and 0.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1


Consists chiefly of letters of the Constitution signer and Philadelphia lawyer Jared Ingersoll to his son Charles while he was a student at the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University).

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists chiefly of letters of Jared Ingersoll to his son Charles while he was a student at the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University), plus a few other documents of the Ingersoll family. Also included in the collection are three letters by Charles Ingersoll, one letter by Princeton president Samuel Stanhope Smith, one letter by John H. Hobart to Jared Ingersoll about Charles Ingersoll while he was a student at Princeton, a tuition receipt for Charles Ingersoll, and a note dismissing him from college in his senior year. In addition, there are two letters by Joseph Reed Ingersoll, one of which is to Benjamin Rush, Princeton Class of 1829, commenting on Rush's address delivered at the annual commencement in 1828; two photographs and an engraving of Jared Ingersoll; and a letter and a four-page list of the items given to Princeton University by Jared Ingersoll's great, great grandson, R. Sturgis Ingersoll, in 1954.

Collection Creator Biography:

Ingersoll, Jared, 1749-1822

Jared Ingersoll, was born in New Haven, Conn. He studied law and established himself as a lawyer in Philadelphia. A signer of the Constitution of the United States, Ingersoll had a successful career in public office, and served as attorney general of Pennsylvania (1791-1800, 1811-1817); until his death he was one of the leaders of the Philadelphia Bar. His eldest son, Charles Jared Ingersoll, entered the College of New Jersey in 1796, but his college career ended in his third year. He wrote a four-volume history of the War of 1812 and was U.S. district attorney for Pennsylvania (1815-1829). He was also one of leaders of the Philadelphia Bar. Jared's other son, Joseph Reed Ingersoll, Princeton Class of 1804, was also well known at the Philadelphia Bar. He was minister to England during President Millard Fillmore's administration.

Collection History


The twenty-seven letters by Jared Ingersoll to his son Charles, the letters from Samuel Stanhope Smith and John H. Hobart, and the photographs and engraving were a gift of R. Sturgis Ingersoll, Princeton Class of 1914, on November 20, 1954 .

The Joseph Reed Ingersoll letter (1865) to Benjamin Rush was a gift of Benjamin Rush.

Custodial History

The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Ingersoll Family Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1