Charles Jared Ingersoll

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Charles J. Ingersoll
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1843 – March 3, 1849
Preceded by Jeremiah Brown
Francis James
John Edwards
Succeeded by John Robbins
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1841 – March 3, 1843
Preceded by Charles Naylor
Succeeded by John T. Smith
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1813 – March 3, 1815
Preceded by Adam Seybert
James Milnor
William Anderson
Succeeded by Joseph Hopkinson
William Milnor
Thomas Smith
Jonathan Williams
Personal details
Born (1782-10-03)October 3, 1782
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died May 14, 1862(1862-05-14) (aged 79)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Political party Democratic-Republican

Charles Jared Ingersoll (October 3, 1782 – May 14, 1862) was an American lawyer and Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.


Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he was the son of Jared Ingersoll who served in the Continental Congress, and brother of Joseph Reed Ingersoll.

Charles Ingersoll dropped out of the College of New Jersey, later Princeton University, in 1799.[1] He then studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1802 and commenced practice in Philadelphia. He traveled in Europe for a time, and was attached to the U. S. embassy in France. He was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Thirteenth Congress, where he served as chairman of the United States House Committee on the Judiciary. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1814, having been appointed United States district attorney for Pennsylvania. He served in that office from 1815 to 1829, and was a member of the Pennsylvania canal and internal improvement convention in 1825. In 1829, he was removed from the office of district attorney by Andrew Jackson.

He was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1830, and a member of the State constitutional convention in 1837. He was appointed secretary of the legation to Prussia on March 8, 1837. He was an unsuccessful candidate in 1837 for election to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Francis J. Harper in the Twenty-fifth Congress. He was again an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1838.

Ingersoll was elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-seventh and to the three succeeding Congresses. He served as chairman of the United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs during the Twenty-eighth and Twenty-ninth Congresses). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1848. He was appointed Minister to France in 1847 but was not confirmed by the Senate. He died in 1862 in Philadelphia. Interment in The Woodlands Cemetery. His son Edward Ingersoll wrote on legal topics.


  • “Chiomara,” a poem published in the The Port Folio (1800)
  • Edwy and Elgira, a tragedy (Philadelphia, 1801)
  • Inchiquin the Jesuit's Letters on American Literature and Politics (New York, 1810)
  • “Julian,” a dramatic poem (1831)
  • Historical Sketch of the Second War between the United States and Great Britain (4 vols., Philadelphia, 1845-'52).

He also published numerous anonymous contributions to the Democratic Press of Philadelphia, and to the National Intelligencer of Washington, on the controversies with England before the War of 1812 (1811–15). He published several “Speeches” concerning that war (1813–15), a discourse before the American Philosophical Society on the “Influence of America on the Mind,” which was republished in England and France (1823), a translation of a French work on the freedom of navigation, in the American Law Journal of 1829, and many other literary and political discourses. At the time of his death, he was preparing a History of the Territorial Acquisitions of the United States.


  • Ingersoll, Charles Jared. Recollections, Historical, Political, Biographical, and Social, of Charles J. Ingersoll. Philadelphia: Lippincott & Co., 1861
  • Meigs, William Montgomery. The Life of Charles Jared Ingersoll. 1897. Reprint, New York: DaCapo Press, 1970.


  1. Princeton University Library. "Ingersoll Family Collection". Retrieved 2 Sep 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>



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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Adam Seybert,
James Milnor,
William Anderson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 1st congressional district

alongside John Conrad and Adam Seybert
Succeeded by
Joseph Hopkinson,
William Milnor,
Thomas Smith,
Jonathan Williams
Preceded by
Charles Naylor
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
John T. Smith
Preceded by
Jeremiah Brown
Francis James
John Edwards
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
John Robbins