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Joel Barlow Biography

Late US diplomat and poet
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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • US Minister Plenipotentiary to France, 1811-1812
  • US Consul General at Algiers, 1795-1797
  • Made an honorary citizen of the French First Republic, 1792
  • Agent to France, Scioto Land Company, 1788
  • Admitted to the bar, 1786
  • Co-Founder with Elisha Babcock, American Mercury weekly newspaper, Hartford, CT, July 12, 1784
  • Chaplain in the American Continental Army, representing the Congregational Church, 1779-1782
  • Founding member, The Connecticut Wits (also known as The Hartford Wits) literary group
  • BA with honors, Yale College (now named Yale University), 1778
  • Attended Dartmouth College
  • Born: March 24, 1756 (alternatively recorded as 1754), Redding, Connecticut Colony
  • Died of pneumonia: Noon, Dec. 26 (alternatively recorded as Dec. 24), 1812, Zarnowiec, Poland
  • Barlow’s grave in Poland reads (translation from Latin): “Joel Barlow, diplomatic minister from the United States of America to the Emperor of the French and the Queen of Italy, died here while traveling.”
  • Son of Samuel and Esther (Hull) Barlow
  • Married Ruth Baldwin of of New Haven, CT, Dec. 26, 1779
  • While US Consul General at Algiers, secured the release of more than 100 US prisoners held by the Algerian corsairs, 1796
  • Name given to Joel Barlow High School, Redding, CT, 1959
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