Biographies & Memoirs

The Forgotten Founding Father: Noah Webster's Obsession and the Creation of an American Culture

The Forgotten Founding Father: Noah Webster's Obsession and the Creation of an American Culture

Noah Webster's name is now synonymous with the dictionary he created, but although there is much more to his story than that singular achievement, his rightful place in American history has been forgotten over time. Webster hobnobbed with various Founding Fathers and was a young confidant of George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, among others.

Prologue: George Washington’s Cultural Attaché: The Definer of American Identity

PART ONE - From Farmboy to Best-Selling Author

Chapter 1: Hartford Childhood and Yale Manhood

Chapter 2: Spelling the New Nation

Chapter 3: Traveling Salesman

PART TWO - Founding Father

Chapter 4: Counting His Way across America

Chapter 5: Courtship at the Constitutional Convention

Chapter 6: Marriage and a Turn Away from Words

Chapter 7: Editor of New York City’s First Daily

PART THREE - Lexicographer

Chapter 8: Setting His Sights on Johnson and Johnson Jr.

Chapter 9: Paterfamilias

Chapter 10: A Lost Decade

Chapter 11: The Walking Dictionary

Chapter 12: “More Fleshy Than Ever Before”

Epilogue: Webster’s after Webster: The Director of Defining

A Note on Sources