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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:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): 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

Scope and Contents

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 copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

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

Permanent URL:
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One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1