INGERSOLL, Charles Jared, (son of Jared Ingersoll and brother of Joseph Reed Ingersoll),
a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Philadelphia, Pa.,
October 3, 1782; received an academic training; studied law; was admitted to
the bar in 1802 and commenced practice in Philadelphia, Pa.; elected as a
Republican to the Thirteenth Congress (March 4, 1813-March 3, 1815); chairman,
Committee on the Judiciary (Thirteenth Congress); was not a candidate for
renomination in 1814, having been appointed United States district attorney for
Pennsylvania, and served in that office, 1815-1829; member of the State
improvement convention in 1825; member of the State house of representatives in
1830; member of the State constitutional convention in 1837; appointed
secretary of the legation to Prussia March 8, 1837; unsuccessful candidate in
1837 for election to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Francis J. Harper
in the Twenty-fifth Congress; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1838 to
the Twenty-sixth Congress; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-seventh and to
the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1841-March 3, 1849); chairman,
Committee on Foreign Affairs (Twenty-eighth and Twenty-ninth Congresses); was
not a candidate for renomination in 1848; appointed Minister to France in 1847
but was not confirmed by the Senate; died on May 14, 1862, in Philadelphia,
Pa.; interment in the Woodlands Cemetery.
BibliographyIngersoll, Charles Jared.
Recollections, Historical, Political, Biographical, and Social, of
Charles J. Ingersoll. Philadelphia: Lippincott & Co., 1861; Meigs,
The Life of Charles Jared Ingersoll. 1897. Reprint, New York:
DaCapo Press, 1970.