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At Week in Literary History

October 16th, 2002

American lexicographer Noah Webster (American Dictionary of the English Language, 1828) is born in 1758 in West Hartford, Ct.

Noah Webster, b. October 16, 1758, d. 1843

Do you wonder why Americans spell “colour” “color”? Blame this, and many other spelling eccentricities, on Mr. Webster, the first to publish a dictionary of the English language as used in the United States (and eventually Canada), completed over an 18-year period. Famous in his lifetime as a writer of spelling guides, he was also immensely respected as a scholar and man of letters.

Suggested Reading Any Webster’s dictionary.

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