Daniel Wadsworth was the son of Jeremiah Wadsworth, and was born at Middletown, Conn., in August, 1771. During the early part of his life he was engaged in mercantile business in the city of Hartford, but after the death of his father he relinquished this employment. His health was for a long period very feeble, and the care of his large estate furnished him occupation. He was a man of cultivated taste and great liberality, and was widely known as a patron of the Fine Arts. To him the Athenaeum in the city of Hartford is chiefly indebted for its existence and prosperity. In 1824, he gave anonymously to Yale College the sum of $500, bearing interest from January 1, 1823, to constitute a fund, the income of which is to be expended in buying for the Library books on Natural History, including Geology and Chemistry. He also contributed on other occasions to the funds of the College. He died in the city of Hartford, July 28, 1849, in the 78th year of his age. This portrait was painted by Waldo and Jewett, in 1833. [P. 21.]
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.