1780–1840, American author, b. North Reading, Mass., grad. Harvard, 1800, and entered the ministry. As a missionary he traveled up and down the Mississippi valley from 1815 until 1825 and recorded in Recollections of the Last Ten Years
(1826) the frontier life he experienced. He also wrote several romantic novels of frontier life, notably Francis Berrian
(1826) and George Mason, the Young Backwoodsman
(1829). His vivid Biographical Memoir of Daniel Boone
(1833) did much to develop the Boone legend.
See biography by J. E. Kirkpatrick (1911, repr. 1968); study by J. K. Folsom (1965).
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