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TRUMBULL, James Hammond, Ameri can philologist, brother of H. C. Trumbull (q.v.) : b. Stonington, Conn., 20 Dec. 1821; d. Hartford, Conn., 5 Au. 1897. He was educated J at Yale, assisted Rev. James H. Linsley in com piling catalogues of the mammalia, reptiles, fishes and shells of Connecticut in 1842-43, was assistant secretary of the State of Connec ticut in 1847-52 and again in 1858-61, and sec retary during the Civil War, 1861-65. He was corresponding secretary of the Connecticut His torical Society in 1849-63, and its president in 1863-89. In 1863-91 he was librarian of the Watkinson Library of Reference at Hartford, was an original member of the American Philo logical Society from its organization in 1869 and was its president in 1874-75. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1872 and was appointed lecturer on the Indian languages of North America at Yale in 1873. He prepared the catalogue of Amen

cana belonging to George Brinley which added much to his reputation as a bibliographer, and devoted the closing years of his life to the com pilation of a dictionary and vocabulary from John Eliot's Indian Bible, which he was re puted to be the only living American able to read. His manuscript was published under the title 'Natick Dictionary' (1903). His other works include 'Colonial Records of Connec ticut' (3 vols., 1850-59) ; (1881) ; 'Memorial History of Hart ford County' (2 vols., 1886), etc.