Gurdon Saltonstall, governor of Connecticut, was the grandson of Sir Richard Saltonstall, one of the original patentees of Massachusetts Bay. He was born at Haverhill, Mass., March 27th, 1666; graduated Bachelor of Arts at Harvard College in 1684; and in 1691, was ordained pastor of the church in New London, Conn. In 1707, he was chosen governor of Connecticut by the legislature; and was continued in the office by an annual election of the people till his death, which took place at New London, Sept. 20th, 1724. Governor Saltonstall was a man of superior talents and extensive learning. Dr. Eliot says, "he was a very accomplished preacher, and was an oracle of wisdom to literary men of all professions." He was ever ready to promote the interests of Yale College; and, on several occasions of peculiar difficulty, exercised a controlling influence in its favor. When the College was removed from Saybrook to New Haven, the governor made a donation of fifty pounds for its benefit. His wife also contributed liberally towards its support. Governor Saltonsall and his wife were likewise benefactors of Harvard College. This portrait was presented to the College August 22d, 1783, by Rosewell Saltonstall, Esq., grandson of the governor. [P. 6.]
Catalogue of Paintings, belonging to Yale College; deposited in the South Room of the Trumbull Gallery. New Haven: Printed by B.L. Hamlen, Printer to Yale College. 1852.