TRUMBULL, Lyman (1813-1896)
Senate Years of Service: 1855-1857; 1857-1873

TRUMBULL, LYMAN, a Senator from Illinois; born in Colchester, Conn., October 12, 1813; attended Bacon Academy; taught school in Connecticut 1829-1833; studied law; admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Greenville, Ga.; moved to Belleville, Ill., 1837; member, State house of representatives 1840-1841; secretary of State of Illinois in 1841 and 1843; justice of the supreme court of Illinois 1848-1853; elected to the Thirty-fourth Congress in 1854, but before the beginning of the Congress was elected to the United States Senate; reelected in 1861 and again in 1867, and served from March 4, 1855, to March 3, 1873; was at various times a Democrat, then Republican, then Liberal Republican, then Democrat; chairman, Committee on the Judiciary (Thirty-seventh through Forty-second Congresses); resumed the practice of law in Chicago, Ill.; unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Illinois in 1880; died in Chicago, Ill., June 25, 1896; interment in Oakwoods Cemetery.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Springfield, IL
Papers: 1821-1917. 2 feet. Personal and family papers including correspondence, diaries, speeches, financial and legal papers, scrapbooks, clippings, and photographs. Finding aid.
Papers: Correspondence in John McAuley Palmer papers, 1811-1906; and Lewis Baldwin Parsons papers, 1656-1908.

Chicago Historical Society
Chicago, IL
Papers: Ca. 35 miscellaneous items in various collections.

Indiana State Library
Indianapolis, IN
Papers: Correspondence in Jesse Kilgour Dubois papers, 1833-1920.

Knox College
Seymour Library
Galesburg, IL
Papers: 2 letters (December 26, 1865; May 8, 1866) in Post family papers, 1857-1895.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: 1843-1894. 77 containers. Chiefly letters (1855-1872) received on political topics, together with a few drafts or copies of replies. Topics include the elections of 1856, 1860, 1866, and 1872; Illinois state politics; appointments and patronage; the Kansas-Nebraska Bill; secession; the Civil War; Reconstruction; the civil rights bill; and the Liberal Republican movement of 1872. Available on 22 microfilm reels. Finding aid.
Papers: Correspondence in Jesse W. Fell papers, 1806-1957. Finding aid.

Pierpont Morgan Library
New York, NY
Papers: 2 items (1856); and 1 letter (August 15, 1859) to Thurlow Weed regarding his plans for a trip to Washington, DC in the Gilder Lehrman collection. Finding aid.

University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: Correspondence in James M. Edmunds papers, 1861-1866.

University of Rochester
Rush Rhees Library
Rochester, NY
Papers: 7 letters by and 6 to Trumbull (1857-1868) in various collections. Finding aid.

Yale University Libraries
Manuscripts and Archives
New Haven, CT
Papers: 22 microfilm reels of originals (1855-1872) at Library of Congress; items in Farnam family papers, 1721-1941; Carrington family papers, 1749-1929; George Jarvis Brush family papers, 1834-1960 (bulk 1834-1939); and Woolsey family papers, 1750-1950 (bulk 1811-1921).

  • DiNunzio, Mario. "Secession Winter: Lyman Trumbull and the Crisis in Congress." Capitol Studies 1 (Fall 1972): 29-39.
  • Krug, Mark M. Lyman Trumbull, Conservative Radical. New York: A.S. Barnes, 1965.