Ingersoll (a town of Oxford co., Ontario, Canada, on the Thames river and the Great Western railway, 85 m. W. S. W. of Toronto; pop. in 1871, 4,022. It has a large export trade in lumber and agricultural produce, and contains several grist and saw mills, manufactories of iron castings, machinery, woollens, wooden ware, cheese, etc, two branch banks, several hotels, two weekly newspapers, and churches of seven denominations.
I. Jared, an American lawyer, born in Connecticut in 1749, died in Philadelphia, Oct. 21, 1822. His father was appointed stampmaster general for New England in 1765, but was soon forced to resign, and in 1770 was appointed admiralty judge for Pennsylvania, and removed to Philadelphia. Jared graduated at Yale college in 1766, studied law for five years in London, spent a year and a half in Paris, and then returning to Philadelphia became almost immediately prominent in his profession. In 1787 he was one of the representatives of Pennsylvania in the convention which framed the constitution of the United States. He twice held the office of attorney general for the state, and was afterward United States district attorney for Pennsylvania. In 1812 he was the federal candidate for vice president of the United States. At the time of his death he was president judge of the district court of Philadelphia county. II. Charles Jared, an American statesman, son of the preceding, born in Philadelphia, Oct. 3, 1782, died there, Jan. 14, 1862. He studied law, became an attache of Rufus King, minister to France, and travelled in Europe. On his return he published "Chiomara," a poem (1800), " Edwy and Elgiva," a tragedy (1801), and "Inchiquin the Jesuit's Letters," a political satire (1810). In 1813 he was elected to congress from Philadelphia, from 1815 to 1829 was United States district attorney, in 1837 was a member of the Pennsylvania constitutional convention, and served again in congress from 1841 to 1847, distinguishing himself as a democratic leader.
He then received from President Polk the nomination of minister to France, but the senate refused to confirm it. His other chief works are "Julian," a dramatic poem (1831), and "Historical Sketch of the Second War between the United States and Great Britain " (4 vols. 8vo, 1845-52). III. Joseph Reed, an American statesman and lawyer, brother of the preceding, born in Philadelphia, June 14, 1786, died there, Feb. 20, 1868. He graduated at Princeton college in 1804, studied law, and entered upon its practice in Philadelphia. In 1835-'7 he was a member of congress, but declined a reelection till 1841, when he was returned as a whig and protectionist, and held the office for four terms. From 1850 to 1853 he was minister to England. He was an able public speaker, and published several speeches and pamphlets, the principal one being "Secession a Folly and a Crime."