(12 October, 1813 -- 25 June, 1896) Trumbull was an American lawyer and politician.
Born in Colchester, Conn., after admittance to the bar and brief practice in Greenville, Ga., Trumbull moved to Illinois in 1837. Trumbull was a member of the State house of representatives from 1840-1841, the secretary of State of Illinois in 1841 and 1843, and the justice of the supreme court of Illinois 1848-1853. Although elected to the Thirty-fourth Congress in 1854, Trumbull was elected to the United States Senate before it began. He was reelected in 1861 and again in 1867, and served from March 4, 1855 to March 3, 1873. Trumbull evolved in political party affiliation at various junctions in his career, spending terms as a Democrat, a Republican, a Liberal Republican, and a Democrat again. Trumbull was also the Chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary.
[Source: 'Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774- Present', available at http://bioguide.congress.gov/biosearch/biosearch.asp]
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