Trumbull was born in what is now Watertown, where his father was a Congregational preacher. Trumbull studied at Yale College, and he was known for his political satire, and as a leader of the "Hartford Wits." Arguably his most well-known work was the epic poem, "M'Fingal." His cousin was the painter of the same name.
John Trumbull, John Trumbull, 1793, oil on canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts
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