Israel Munson was a native of the town of New Haven, and was graduated Bachelor of Arts at Yale College in 1787. He entered the medical profession, and was for a short time a practising physician in Branford, Conn. Soon however he left the profession, and subsequently established himself in the mercantile business in Boston, Mass., where he resided for the remainder of his life. Few men have passed through so long a period of active business with so unblemished a reputation. He was a distinguished benefactor of humane and literary institutions; and his gifts to Yale College exceed in amount those of any other individual. In 1833 he contributed $5000 towards the fund of $100,000 raised about that time, and by his last will he bequeathed to the College $20,000, of which the sum of $5000 was by him specially appropriated for the benefit of the Medical Department. Besides these donations he contributed at various times smaller sums, in aid of different undertakings in this institution. He died at Boston, February 3d, 1844, aged 78. This portrait was presented by Chas. H. Barnard, Esq., of Boston. [Pp. 25-26.]
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.