John Lauris Blake

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This article is about the American author and clergyman. For the American politician, see John L. Blake.

John Lauris Blake (1788 – 1858) was an American clergyman and bestselling author. He is best known as the author of the General Biographical Dictionary.


He was born on 21 December 1788 in Northwood, New Hampshire.[1] During his adolescence he practiced cabinet making and at the same time prepared himself for college.[2] He graduated from Brown University in 1812,[3] and was licensed as a Congregational minister in 1813.[4]

Blake was the founder of the Ladies' Magazine, headmaster of the Cornhill School for Young Ladies,[5] and served on the committee of Boston public schools.[6]


Blake was an editor of the Literary Advertiser and the Gospel Advocate. His published books include:

  • "A Text Book of Geography and Chronology" (1814)
  • "Anecdotes of American Indians" (1835)
  • "A General Biographical Dictionary" (1835, 13th ed., 1856)
  • "The Parlor Book or Family Encyclopædia of Useful Knowledge and General Literature" (1837)[7]
  • "Farm and Fireside" (1852)
  • "Farmer's Every Day Book" (1852)
  • "Evidences of Christianity" (1852)
  • "Modern Farmer" (1853)
  • "A Cyclopædia of Modern Agriculture" (1856)

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