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Noah Webster
Birth: Oct. 16, 1758
Hartford County
Connecticut, USA
Death: May 28, 1843
New Haven County
Connecticut, USA

Dictionary Publisher. Thanks to him, the American and British versions of the English language became separate, unique languages. Born in Hartford, Connecticut to a colonial farm family of five children, Noah Webster was a descendant of Governor William Bradford of Plymouth Colony. He began attending Yale College at age 16, then the only college in the British colony of Connecticut, graduating in 1778, after a short break to serve in the American Army during the Revolution. Unable to afford law school, he became a schoolteacher in Hartford, continuing his law studies part time. He eventually earned his law degree in 1781, and was admitted to the bar the same year. Dissatisfied with the school textbooks then in use, which were imported from Britain, Webster decided to write his own three-volume American book, consisting of a speller, a grammar and a reader. For the next one hundred years, it would become the most popular American schoolbook of its time, selling more than one million copies every year. Proudly American and anti-British, he chose to ignore the common British pronunciation and spellings in favor of his native New England pronunciations and spellings. As a result, after American independence, Americans learned to speak and write differently from their British cousins despite a common origin. In 1789, Webster married Rebecca Greenleaf, and they would have eight children. In 1793, the Webster family moved to New York to be closer to the President and the country’s new administration (initially, New York was the capital of the new United States). There Webster started New York’s first daily newspaper, the American Minerva, and later, a weekly publication, The Herald. In 1798, he sold his interests and moved back to New Haven. In 1807, he began to write an expanded dictionary, “An American Dictionary of the English Language,” which would reform the language again, drawing it closer to his New England roots and making it a unique American language. The dictionary was published in 1828, and was an instant best seller. The book was also unique in that it contained a large number of Biblical definitions, more than any previously published reference, because Webster believed that the Bible and Christianity should play an important role in the lives of a free people and its government. A second edition of the dictionary was published in 1840, and a few days after Webster had finished revising the appendix to the second edition, he died. Webster’s influence, through his dictionary, has continued to this day. (bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Noah Webster (1722 - 1813)
  Mercy Steele Webster (1727 - 1794)
 
 Spouse:
  Rebecca Greenleaf Webster (1766 - 1847)*
 
 Children:
  Emily Schotten Webster Ellsworth (1790 - 1861)*
  Francies Juliana Webster Goodrich (1793 - 1869)*
  Harriet Webster Fowler (1797 - 1844)*
  Mary Webster Southgate (1799 - 1819)*
  William Greenleaf Webster (1801 - 1869)*
  Eliza S. Webster Jones (1803 - 1888)*
  Henry Webster (1806 - 1807)*
  Louisa Webster (1808 - 1874)*
  Henry B Webster (1808 - 1809)*
 
 Siblings:
  Abraham Webster (1751 - 1831)*
  Jerusha Webster Lord (1756 - 1821)*
  Noah Webster (1758 - 1843)
 
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Burial:
Grove Street Cemetery
New Haven
New Haven County
Connecticut, USA
 
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