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The Forgotten Founding Father: Noah Webster's Obsession and the Creation of an American Culture

Joshua Kendall

About the Program

Joshua Kendall recounts the life of Noah Webster (1758-1843) who published the American Dictionary of the English Language in 1828, the forgoer of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.  Mr. Kendall reports on Webster's political career as state representative for Massachusetts and Connecticut, his circle of friends, which included George Washington and Benjamin Franklin and his tenure as editor of the American Minerva, New York's first daily newspaper.  Joshua Kendall speaks at the Connecticut Historical Society and Museum in Hartford.

About the Authors

Joshua Kendall

Joshua Kendall is the author of The Man Who Made Lists: Love, Death, Madness, and the Creation of "Roget's Thesaurus."  Mr. Kendall is a freelance journalist, whose writing has appeared in several publications, including The Wall Street Journal and The Boston Globe.  For more information, visit joshuackendall.com.


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The Forgotten Founding Father: Noah Webster's Obsession and the Creation of an American Culture

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Past Airings

  • Sunday, July 10th at 7 (ET)
  • Sunday, June 12th at 2:45 (ET)
  • Sunday, May 15th at 4pm (ET)
  • Saturday, May 14th at 8 (ET)
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