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historian , journalist , novelist

Richard Hildreth was an American antislavery historian, journalist, and novelist born at Deerfield, Massachusetts.


Hildreth, Richard was born on June 28, 1807. He was the son of Hosea Hildreth (1782–1835), who was a teacher of mathematics and later a Congregational minister and Review Hosea.


In 1826 he graduated from Harvard College.


After studying law at Newburyport, he was admitted to the bar at Boston in 1830. In 1832 he became editor of the Boston Daily Atlas.

Between 1857 and 1860 Hildreth worked for the New York Tribune and during the same period he wrote several anti-slavery tracts for the fledgling Republican party under various pseudonyms. Poor health forced him to retire from his writing career in 1860. As a meed Massachusetts Governor Nathaniel Prentiss Banks and Senator Charles Sumner successfully lobbied for Hildreth's appointment as the United States consul at Trieste in 1861. In 1865 he resigned from that position and moved to Florence, where he died on July 11, 1865. He is buried near Theodore Parker in the English Cemetery, Florence


  • In 1832, Hildreth he became joint founder and editor of a daily newspaper, the Boston Atlas

    In 1834, he wrote a popular anti-slavery novel The Slave: or Memoir of Archy Moore (1836; enlarged edition, 1852, The White Slave).

    In 1837 he wrote for the Atlas a series of articles vigorously opposing the annexation of Texas. In the same year he published Banks, Banking, and Paper Currencies, a work which helped to promote the growth of the free banking system in America


  • 1836

    • Archy Moore, the white slave; or, Memoirs of a fugitive

  • Other Work

    • Theory of Politics, 1853. Japan As It Was and Is, 1855.

    • The People’s Presidential Candidate, 1839. The Contrast: or William Henry Harrison versus Martin Van Buren, 1840. Despotism in America, 1840.A Letter to Andrews Norton on Miracles as the Foundation of Religious Faith, 1840. Local Guide to British Guiana, 1843. The White Slave, 1852.History of the United States, 6 vols. 1852


Historians consider it a highly accurate political history of the early Republic, but with a strong bias in favor of the Federalist Party and the abolition of slavery


Married Caroline Neagus, June 7, 1844.

Review Hosea Hildreth

Sarah (McLeod) Hildreth

Caroline Neagus