Jonathan Brace
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Jonathan Brace

Jonathan Brace
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's At-large district

December 3, 1798 - May 1800
William Edmond
Elizur Goodrich
Member of the Connecticut General Assembly

Personal details
Born(1754-11-12)November 12, 1754
Harwinton, Connecticut, U.S.
DiedAugust 26, 1837(1837-08-26) (aged 82)
Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
Citizenship United States
Political partyFederalist
Spouse(s)Ann White Brace
ChildrenThomas Kimberly Brace
ParentsJonathan Brace and Mary (Messenger) Brace
Alma materYale College
OccupationLawyer, Politician, Judge

Jonathan Brace (November 12, 1754 - August 26, 1837) was an eighteenth-century American lawyer, politician and judge. He served as a United States Representative from Connecticut.


Brace was born in Harwinton, Connecticut, the son of Jonathan Brace and Mary (Messenger) Brace.[1] He attended the common schools and graduated from Yale College in 1779. He studied law under Oliver Ellsworth, future Chief Justice of the United States.[2] Brace was admitted to the bar in Bennington, Vermont in 1779, and began the practice of law in Pawlet, Vermont.

Brace moved to Manchester, Vermont in 1782 and continued practicing law. He was a member of the council of censors to revise the constitution as well as a prosecuting attorney for Bennington County from 1784 to 1785.[3][4] He then moved to Glastonbury, Connecticut in January 1786 but was not admitted to the Connecticut bar until 1790.

Brace was a member of the Connecticut General Assembly in 1788 and from 1791 to 1794.[5] He was chosen assistant in the council in May 1798. Brace moved to Hartford, Connecticut in 1794 and was a judge of the city court from 1797 until 1815, with the exception of two years.[6] He was elected as a Federalist candidate to the Fifth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Joshua Coit, and was reelected to the Sixth Congress. He served in Congress from December 3, 1798 until his resignation in May 1800.[7]

He served as an assistant in the council of the State from 1802 to 1818. Brace was appointed prosecuting attorney for Hartford County in December 1807 and served until May 1809, when he resigned. He was appointed judge of the county court and of probate in May 1809 and continued as judge of the county court until 1821 and as judge of probate until 1824. He was the mayor of Hartford from 1815 to 1824,[8] and was also a member of the state senate in 1819 and 1820.[9] He died in Hartford on August 26, 1837 and was buried in the Old North Cemetery in Hartford.[10]

Personal life

Brace was married to Ann White Brace. Their son Thomas Kimberly Brace was the principal founder and developer of the Aetna Insurance Company.[11]


  1. ^ "Jonathan Brace (1754 - 1837)". Retrieved 2013.
  2. ^ "Jonathan Brace". Connecticut State Library. Retrieved 2013.
  3. ^ "VERMONT-L Archives". Retrieved 2013.
  4. ^ Vermont (1875). Records of the Governor and Council of the State of Vermont: Record of the Governor and Council, 1782-1791. J. & J. M. Poland. p. 345.
  5. ^ "Brace, Jonathan (1754-1837)". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 2013.
  6. ^ "Jonathan Brace". Connecticut State Library. Retrieved 2013.
  7. ^ "Rep. Jonathan Brace". Retrieved 2013.
  8. ^ Trumbull, James Hammond (1896). The memorial history of Hartford County, Connecticut, 1633-1884, Volume 1. E. L. Osgood. p. 385.
  9. ^ "Jonathan Brace". Infoplease. Retrieved 2013.
  10. ^ "Old Cemetery Records Town of HarwintonLitchfield County, Connecticut". New Horizons Genealogy. Retrieved 2013.
  11. ^ "Thomas Kimberly Brace". Litchfield Historical Societu. Retrieved 2013.

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