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A Biographical Dictionary Containing a Brief Account of the First Settlers, and Other Prominent Characters Among the Magistrates, Ministers, Literary and Worthy Men, in New-England
A Biographical Dictionary Containing a Brief Account of the First Settlers...in New-England
Product Code: US0313
Number of CDs: 1
Author: John Eliot
Pages: 520
Pub. Date: (1809) 2006
ISBN: 1933828528
Qty in Cart: none

In this early biographical dictionary, Eliot has provided accounts of the lives of hundreds of colonial New Englanders, running from the earliest explorers and settlers to the leaders of the revolutionary movement of the mid-eighteenth century, and including many others from the years in between.   

In this early example of the prosopographical art, Eliot gives us biographical sketches of all those we would expect to find here, from Bradford and Brewster and Winthrop to Adams and Franklin and Hancock. What makes this volume especially useful is his inclusion of many prominent New Englanders from the three or four generations between the Founding and the Revolution, a feature not often found in more modern biographical dictionaries.

For example, in several of the leading families, like the Mathers and Mayhews and Winthrops, Eliot includes not just the one or two famous patriarchs, but a number of other not-so-well-known, but still important, scions of these families.

Note: This book is also among the 22 volumes in our popular Compendium of New England Pioneers, which is available at 66% OFF the regular retail price of the individual books if purchased separately.
As we may see from the title of the book, Eliot was especially interested in the more learned members of society. In colonial New England, an overwhelming majority of the well-educated went on to become ministers of one denomination or another. But we find here also such men as Isaac Greenwood, the first professor of mathematics at Harvard, in the 1720s, and John Osborne, a prominent physician of the same period.


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The CD includes high-quality images of every page as originally published (not just a transcript) and is fully searchable using Adobe Acrobat Reader (version 4 or later recommended) on any Windows, Macintosh, or Unix computer. The data on this CD is completely self-contained, and requires no installation.

A Biographical Dictionary Containing a Brief Account of the First Settlers, and Other Prominent Characters Among the Magistrates, Ministers, Literary and Worthy Men, in New-England
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