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Royall Tyler

playwright , jurist

Royall Tyler, American playwright, jurist.


Tyler, Royall was born on July 18, 1757 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Royall and Mary (Steele) Tyler.


Graduated from Harvard, 1776, B.


Major Independent Company of Boston, Continental Army, aide to General Sullivan, 1778. Assistant judge Vt.


  • Author play, The Contrast (1st comedy written by native American and produced by a professional company), produced by American Company, 1787. Author May Day in Town. Or, New York in an Uproar, performed at John St. Theatre, 1787.

    Wrote play The Georgia Spec. Or, Land in the Moon, 1st played in Boston, 1797. Wrote farce The Farm House.

    Or The Female Duelists. Wrote 3 sacred dramas: The Origin of the Feast of Purim, or The Destinies of Haman and Mordecai. Joseph and His Brethren.

    The Judgement of Solomon. Entered into literature partnership with Joseph Dennie under name Colon and Spondee (Tyler as Spondee), wrote satirical verse and prose, pieces in Eagle. Or Dartmouth Centinel, later in The New Hampshire Journal, or The Farmers Weekly Museum.

    Author novel The Algerine Captive, 1797. Series of letters Yankey in London, 1809: state’s attorney for Windham County (Vermont), 1794-1801. Assistant judge Vermont Supreme Court, 1801-1807, chief justice, 1807-1813.

    Trustee U. Vermont, 1802-1813, professor jurisprudence 1811-1814.


Married Mary Palmer, 1794, at least 1 child, Review.

Royall Tyler

Mary (Steele) Tyler

Mary Palmer

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