Trumbull, Jonathan (1740-1809) Speaker of the House: Jonathan Trumbull was born in Lebanon, Connecticut, on March 26, 1740. The son of a colonial statesman with the same name, young Trumbull graduated from Harvard in 1759, and joined the Connecticut legislature. After serving as First Comptroller of the US Treasury from 1778 to 1779, he was secretary to General George Washington from 1780 to 1783. A member of the US House of Representatives from 1789 to 1795, he was chosen Speaker of the House from (1791-1794). In 1795, he became a US Senator, holding a strong Federalist stance against the Jeffersonians. In 1796 and 1797, he served as the deputy-governor of Connecticut, then became Governor from 1797 until his death. Trumbull died on August 7, 1809, in Lebanon, Connecticut.