Did you know that Noah Webster was born today in 1758? He was an American educator, author, and lexicographer. A lexicographer studies the words or vocabulary in a language. Noah Webster wrote a book that taught five generations of American children how to spell and read. In 1806 he published his first dictionary. For the next 26 years he worked to update his dictionary. He learned 28 languages, so he could better understand the history of words. He also modified the way Americans spell by selecting spellings for words that more closely matched the way words were pronounced.
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Noah Webster has been called the “Father of American Scholarship and Education”. As a teacher he disliked the state of American schools. They were overcrowded and under-resourced. He believed that American children should be taught from American books and set to write them.
Noah Webster rejected the idea that students needed to learn Greek, Latin or other classical languages before learning English. He also believed that control of the language belonged with the people, not with an elite group of individuals or class of people.
Noah Webster’s first dictionary was named, A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language.
In In 1828 he wrote An American Dictionary of the English Language. In 1840, the second edition of the dictionary was published in two volumes. Sadly, a few days after revising the appendix, Noah Webster died. The rights to his dictionary were acquired by George and Charles Merriam. Eventually, this dictionary became the Merriam-Webster dictionary we know today.
Noah Webster was a strong supporter of the American Revolution.
Alexander Hamilton recruited Noah Webster to become a editor of the Federalist Party newspaper.
Noah Webster was a prolific author. He wrote textbooks, political essays, newspaper articles, and more. Modern bibliographies have required 655 pages to encompass his works.
Noah Webster lobbied intensively for revisions to US copyright laws.