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James Ralph
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Birth: 1695
Elizabeth
Union County
New Jersey, USA
Death: Jan. 24, 1762
Chiswick
Greater London, England

Semi-famous American born English political writer, historian, reviewer, hack writer known for his works of history. His "History of England" in two volumes and "The Case of the Authors by Profession" became the dominant narratives of their time.

Ralph is in Philadelphia by 1724 and a part of a literary society that included Benjamin Franklin. In his "Autobiography", Franklin recalled Ralph as a man of exquisite manners and declares, "I think I never knew a prettier talker"

From Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol IV. No. XX. January, 1852:

"...there were several young men in Philadelphia whose society (Benjamin) Franklin enjoyed very highly at this time. His most intimate friend was a certain James Ralph. Ralph was a boy of fine literary taste and great love of reading. He had an idea that he possessed poetic talent, and used often to write verses, and he maintained that though his verses might be in some respects faulty, they were no more so than those which other poets wrote when first beginning. He intended, he said, to make writing poetry the business of his life. Franklin did not approve of such a plan as this; still he enjoyed young Ralph's company, and he was accustomed sometimes on holidays to take long rambles with him in the woods on the banks of the Schuylkill. Here the two boys would sit together under the trees, for hours, reading, and conversing about what they had read."
 
 
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 Spouse:
  Hannah Ogden (1682 - 1730)*
 
 Children:
  Mary Hannah Ralph Garrigues (1724 - 1793)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Old Chiswick Cemetery
Chiswick
London Borough of Hounslow
Greater London, England
 
Created by: Taphophile Duo
Record added: Oct 21, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 78872390
James Ralph
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