John Trumbull was born in Watertown Connecticut, the son of a clergyman of the same name. In 1767 he graduated from Yale College (M.A. 1770), where he later served as treasurer (1776-82). A staunch conservative, Trumbull was Connecticut State Attorney (1789-95) and a member of the state legislature before being appointed a judge in 1801. After the publication of his burlesque poem M'Fingal in 1782 he was regarded as the first among the Connecticut Wits, a group of poets that included Timothy Dwight and Elihu Hubbard Smith. After a Democratic administration removed him from his position, Trumbull removed to Michigan in 1825.
The Progress of Dulness. 1772-73.
McFingal; a modern epic poem. 1776.
Poetical Works. 2 vols, 1820.