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Webster, Noah (the Father of American Copyright)

Born: 1758 AD
Died: 1843 AD, at 84 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Men of Letter

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1758 – He was born this year in the West Division of Hartford, Connecticut to an established Yankee family.

 

1774 – At the age of 16, he began attending Yale College. His 4 years at Yale overlapped with the American Revolutionary War.

 

1778 - He graduated from Yale.

 

1781 - He taught school in Glastonbury, Hartford, and West Hartford. He earned his law degree this year, but didn't practice until 1789. By this year, he had an expansive view of the new nation.

 

1783 – He thought that Americans should learn from American books, so he began writing a three volume compendium, A Grammatical Institute of the English Language. The work consisted of a speller published this year.

 

1784 – The second volume which is a grammar was published this year.

 

1785 – The final volume which is a reader was published this year.

 

1793 - Alexander Hamilton loaned him $1500 to move to New York City and edit a Federalist newspaper.

 

1798 – He moved back to New Haven.

 

1806 – He published his first dictionary, A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language.

 

1807 - At the age of 43, Webster began writing an expanded and comprehensive dictionary, An American Dictionary of the English Language.

 

1825 – He completed his dictionary during his year abroad in Paris, France and at the University of Cambridge.

 

1840 – The second edition was published in two volumes.

 

1843 - A few days after he had completed revising an appendix to the second edition, and with much of his efforts with the dictionary still unrecognized, Noah Webster died.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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