General Matthew Mark Trumbull

Matthew Mark Trumbull was born in London in 1826 and immigrated to the United States when he was twenty. In his youth, Trumbull was a "Chartist" or a proponent of "Chartism" which was a political and social reform movement in the United Kingdom between 1838 and 1848. It takes its name from the People's Charter of 1838. When he arrived in America he worked as a laborer and within ten years he became a lawyer in Butler County, Iowa. Later he was elected to the state legislature. He also served as a captain in the Union Army. By the end of the Civil War, he had been promoted to brevet brigadier general. In his later years he was an author and lecturer. He was a friend of Sam Fielden one of the defendants convicted in the aftermath of the Haymarket Riot. Trumbull was also a friend of Henry Demarest Lloyd. Lloyd also became good friends with Clarence Darrow. Darrow knew Trumbull and considered him a friend. When Trumbull died in 1894, Darrow was one of several speakers who gave a eulogy at his service.