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William Cullen Bryant

William Cullen Bryant was an American poet and journalist

Background

  • Bryant, William Cullen was born on November 3, 1794 in Cummington, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Doctor Peter and Sarah (Snell) Bryant.

  • Education

    • Attended Williams College, 1810-1811. Studied law under Mr. Howe, Worthington, Massachusetts, 1811-1814.

    Career

    • Published an attack on President Jefferson called The Embargo, 1808. Admitted to Massachusetts bar, 1815. Practiced law, Great Barrington, Massachusetts, 1816-1825.

      Published collection of poems responsible for his fame, including Thanatopsis (1817), To a Waterfowl (1818), The Ages (1821), 1821. Editor New York Review and Athenaeum Magazine, 1825. Assistant editor New York Evening Post, 1826-1829, editor, 1829-1878.

      Politically powerful as editor, backed free-trade, anti-slavery ideas, supported Democrats, 1848, gradually shifted to Republican Party. Editor one of most powerful papers in the United States during Civil War, said to have influenced Abraham Lincoln in issuance of Emancipation Proclamation. Called “First Citizen of the Republic”.

      Author poetical works including: Poems, 1821. Poems, 1832; The Fountain and Other Poems, 1842. The White-Footed Doe, and other Poems, 1844.

      Published Tales of the Glauber Spa (short stories), 1832. Letters of A Traveller (travelog), 1850. Translator The Iliad, 1870, The Odyssey, 1872.

    Works

    • The Embargo (1808, poetry)
    • Poems (1821, poetry)
    • The White-Footed Deer and Other Poems (1844, poetry)
    • Thirty Poems (1864, poetry)

    Connections

    • Married Frances Fairchild, June 11, 1821, 2 children.
    • father: Peter Bryant (doctor) - doctor
    • mother: Sarah Snell
      She was a descendant of Mayflower pilgrims
    • Wife: Frances Fairchild
    William Bryant
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    Died June 12, 1878
    (aged 83)
    Nationality
    • 1829 - 1878
      Editor-in-Chief, The New York Evening Post
    • 1846
      Co-Founder, Century Association
    • 1860
      Administrator, founder, New York Medical College

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    • Works
      • poetry: The Embargo (1808, poetry)
      • poetry: Poems (1821, poetry)
      • poetry: The White-Footed Deer and Other Poems (1844, poetry)
      • poetry: Thirty Poems (1864, poetry)
      • poetry: Poetical Works (1876, poetry)
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      • Century Association
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      • poetry: Thirty Poems (1864, poetry)
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