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The Honorable Gurdon Saltonstall Esq.

  • ARTIST: Amos Doolittle

  • PUBLISHER: Engraved by A. Doolittle Sc. New Haven.

  • MEDIUM: Line engraving,

    DATE: 1797.

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 7 x 4" (17.6 x 10 cm).

  • DESCRIPTION: Inscribed "Engraved for Dr. Trumbull's History of Connecticut from an original Painting in the Museum at Yale College. The Honorable Gurdon Saltonstall Esq.: Governor of Connecticut from 1 Jan. 1707 to September 20 1724."<br><br> The portrait appeared in "A Complete History of Connecticut, Civil and Ecclesiastical, from the Emigration of its first Planters from England in 1630 to 1713.", Vol. I. Published by Benjamin Trumbull. Engraved by A. Doolittle Sc. New Haven..<br><br>Gurdon Saltonstall was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts to a political family who had been a presence in government since the settling of the Massachusetts Bay colony in 1630. Saltonstall attended Harvard where he studied to become a Congregational minister. Upon the death of his friend and colleague Governor Fitz-John Winthrop, Saltonstall was appointed governor of Connecticut from 1708 -1725 with no prior political background. His strong Congregational beliefs lead him to favor established authority and he successfully reorganized the Congregational Church in the state of Connecticut. He is credited with being one of the founders of Yale University and moved the college from Saybrook to New Haven.


  • CONDITION: Good condition with minor toning on margins. Black & white.

  • REFERENCE: Stauffer "American Engravers"#515