Noah Webster

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Birthday
16, 1758
Birthplace
Connecticut
Death Date
May 28, 1843 (84)
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Birthday
16, 1758
Birthplace
Connecticut
Death Date
May 28, 1843 (84)

About

Writer responsible for the first American Dictionary of the English Language. The popular dictionary, first published in 1828, was later renamed the Merriam-Webster dictionary.

Before Fame

He served in the Connecticut Militia during the American Revolutionary War. He went on to receive a degree from Yale in 1778 and taught school for several years before studying for a law degree.

Trivia

He has been called the Father of American Scholarship and Education.

Family Life

He was born to a politically prominent family in West Hartford, Connecticut. In 1879, he married Rebecca Greenleaf; the couple went on to have five daughters and three sons.

Associated With

Alexander Hamilton lent him more than a thousand dollars to move to New York City to help edit the leading Federalist Party newspaper.