Spirit of Public Service

We know that the patriots in the Revolutionary war were highly motivated and imbued with a dedicated sense of public service. One great family example of this spirit is shown in the career of Jonathan Trumbull. He served as Governor of the colony of Connecticut from 1769 until 1776. Then he was Governor of the state of Connecticut from 1776 until 1784. His children likewise served the country and state as well. Jonathan Junior was the second Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1791 to 1793 and the Governor of Connecticut from 1797 to 1809. George Washington always referred to Trumbull as “the first of the patriots.”

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