New England Life In The 18th Century / Edition 1

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In 1859 John Langdon Sibley projected and began a series of biographical sketches of all Harvard graduates; at his death in 1885 he had published three volumes, covering the Classes from 1642 through 1689. In 1930 the work was resumed by Clifford Shipton, who carried the series through Volume XII and the Class of 1750. This book offers a representative selection from the nine volumes of Shipton's biographies. In these sketches there appear royal governors, counterfeiters, college presidents, bootleggers, Indian fighters, Revolutionary leaders, Loyalists, mariners, lawyers, drunkards, and clergymen of four persuasions. Together they form a cross section of Colonial life in which the Harvard tie is often only incidental.
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Editorial Reviews

Times Literary Supplement
Shipton has...the eye for the telling detail and the ear for the telling anecdote...He is witty and he has a lively sense of humor...These [are] admirable and sometimes touching biographies.
Boston Sunday Globe
The lives, as written by Shipton, present as vivid a picture of eighteenth-century New England as any enthusiast could ask.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674612518
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 8/11/1995
  • Edition description: 1st Harvard University Press pbk. ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 656
  • Product dimensions: 1.39 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Clifford Kenyon Shipton served as librarian and director of the American Antiquarian Society and head of the Harvard Archives.
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Table of Contents



Benjamin Wadsworth (1690)

Henry Flynt (1693)

William Vesey (1693)

Jedediah Andrews (1695)

Richard Saltonstall (1695)

Samuel Vassall (1695)

Peter Thacher (1696)

John Read (1697)

Jonathan Belcher (1699)

Jeremiah Dummer (1699)

Thomas Wells (M.A. 1703)

Timothy Cutler (1701)

Israel Loring (1701)

Jared Eliot (1703)

William Shurtleff (1707)

Joshua Parker (1710)

Samuel Phillips (1712)

Hugh Hall (1713)

Thomas Walter (1713)

Benning Wentworth (1715)

Isaac Greenwood (1721)

Ebenezer Parkman (1721)

William Brattle (1722)

Jonathan Frye (1723)

Samuel Coolidge (1724)

Henry Phillips (1724)

Mather Byles (1725)

Benjamin Kent (1727)

Solomon Prentice (1727)

Josiah Quincy (1728)

John Seccomb (1728)

William Williams (1729)

Peter Oliver (1730)

Joseph Seccombe (1731)

John Winthrop (1732)

Thomas Bell (1734)

John Phillips (1735)

Andrew Eliot (1737)

Benjamin Prat (1737)

Oxenbridge Thacher (1738)

Lemuel Briant (1739)

John Tucker (1741)

Samuel Auchmuty (1742)

Edward Bromfield (1742)

William Rand (1742)

Samuel Cooper (1743)

James Warren (1745)

Edward Augustus Holyoke (1746)

Samuel Moody (1746)

Peaslee Collins (1747)

Isaac Gardner (1747)

Ebenezer Storer (1747)

Samuel French (1748)

Jonathan Sewall (1748)

Samuel Haven (1749)

Benjamin Marston (1749)

Nathan Tisdale (1749)

George Washington (1749)

Thomas Dudley (1750)

Henry Gardner (1750)


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