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Jonathan Brewster Bingham, Founding Class

Jonathan Brewster Bingham was an American politician and diplomat. He was the US delegate to the United Nations General Assemblies and was elected to Congress in 1964.

As the youngest of the seven Bingham boys, all of whom attended Hamden Hall between the years of 1912 and 1924, Jonathan lived in New Haven during his youth in the Professor Hiram Bingham House at the top of Prospect Hill. He was the son of Hiram III and Alfreda (granddaughter of jeweler Charles L. Tiffany) Bingham. Hiram III was a descendent of Deacon Thomas Bingham, a 17th century American colonist, and in 1911 discovered the ancient Incan city if Machu Picchu as a Yale University professor. He later served as both lieutenant governor of Connecticut and U.S. senator.

Following Hamden Hall, Jonathan attended Groton School and commenced to Yale University, graduating in 1936 with a BA and in 1939 from Yale Law School. In 1940 he was admitted to the bar and began practicing law in New York City. In April of the following year he was enlisted as a private in the United States Army and was discharged a captain in October 1945 with a War Department citation.

Like his father and brother Hiram IV before him, Jonathan in 1961 entered the world of diplomacy as a United States representative on the United Nations Trusteeship Council. During this period, he was also principal adviser to the U.S. ambassador to U.N. on colonial and trusteeship questions. From 1963 to 1964 he was a United States representative on the United Nations Economic and Social Council with rank of Ambassador.

In 1964, Jonathan was elected to the House of Representatives from the 23rd District of New York, a district in the Bronx. He represented the 23rd District 1973, when, as a result of redistricting following the 1970 census, he was elected to the House from the 22nd District of New York. He served the 22nd District until 1983. While in the House, Bingham served on the Foreign Affairs Committee, the Interior and Insular Affairs Committee and chaired the Subcommittee on International Economic Policy and Trade. He was particularly dedicated to nuclear non-proliferation and environmental protection.

Jonathan Bingham died in 1986 from complications of pneumonia at age 72. He was interred in Woodbridge Cemetery, in Salem, Connecticut.

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