Noah Webster: Father of the Dictionary


By Isabel Proudfit

A typical American farm boy who made good under difficulties, Noah Webster’s influence in the development of the United States was a real contribution to its growth. His life covers a fascinating period in American history when the young republic was just getting on its feet. Where others gave the new country its laws and government, he provided schoolbooks glowing with the American spirit and intellectual tools necessary to perpetuate the republic. Twenty-five million copies of Webster’s Spelling Book were used in schools during his lifetime. The American Dictionary, which he compiled when he was fifty years of age, was his greatest achievement.

This is the biography of the man who gave Americans their most important household book next to the Bible. It is a very readable account of Noah Webster’s long life of eighty-four years, of his gradual realization that he must write a good dictionary for the American school child. Years of teaching and practicing law showed him this great need. This book portrays early education in the United States as well as the story of a man and his work, both deserving of greater renown.

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Weight11.2 oz
Dimensions5.4 × 8 × .6 in

224 pages


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