John Lauris Blake

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John Lauris Blake (December 21, 1788 – July 6, 1857) was an American clergyman and bestselling author. He is best known as the author of the General Biographical Dictionary.

Life[edit]

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 elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society in 1815.[7] A significant number original 19th century copies of works authored by Blake are held in the collections of the AAS.[8]

Bibliography[edit]

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)[9]
  • 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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