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INGERSOLL, Ralph Isaacs, statesman, born in New Haven, Connecticut, 8 February, 1788; died there. 26 August, 1872. He was graduated at Yale in 1808, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1811, and began to practise 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 United States 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.--His brother, Charles Anthony, jurist, born in New Haven. Conn., 19 October, 1798; died there, 12 January, 1860, studied law with his brother and attained eminence. From 1849 till 1853 he was state's attorney, and in the latter year was appointed by President Pierce judge of the United States district court of Connecticut, which post he held till his death. Yale gave him the degree of M. A. in 1827.--Ralph's son, Colin Macrae, born in New Haven, Connecticut, 11 March, 1819, was educated at Trinity and at the Yale law school, where he was graduated in 1839. In 1843 he served as clerk in the Connecticut senate. He was secretary of legation at St. Petersburg in 1847-'8, and was a representative in congress from 1851 till 1855, having been chosen as a Democrat. He was also adjutant-general of Connecticut in 1867 and 1871.--Another son, Charles Roberts, governor of Connecticut, b in New Haven, Connecticut, 16 September, 1821, was graduated at Yale in 1840, and at the law school in 1844. He was admitted to the bar in 1845, and has been frequently elected to the legislature. He was elected governor of Connecticut in 1873, and re-elected till 1877, when he declined a renomination. He was a presidential elector on the Democratic ticket in 1876. Yale gave him the degree of LL. D. in 1874.
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