Last updated on: 1/26/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

Joel Barlow Biography

Title:
Late US diplomat and poet
Position:
None Found to the question "Should the Words “under God” Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?"
Reasoning:

No position found as of Jan. 26, 2011

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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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
Education:
  • BA with honors, Yale College (now named Yale University), 1778
  • Attended Dartmouth College
Other:
  • 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
Quoted in:
  1. Is the United States a Christian Nation?