Joel Barlow

BARLOW, Joel. b. Reading, Connecticut, 24 March 1754; d. Żarnowiec, Poland, 26 December 1812. Poet, diplomat, newspaper publisher, lawyer, French politician, and American revolutionary patriot, Barlow graduated from Yale College (now University) (1778) and continued there for additional study. During this time he published his first work, The Prospect for Peace (1778), an anti-slavery poem. Following service during the Revolutionary War as a chaplain, he established a weekly newspaper in Hartford, Connecticut entitled American Mercury (1784), and read law, being admitted to the bar in 1786 along with Timothy Dwight*, hymn writer and future president of Yale College. Barlow is known for two...

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