John Lauris Blake
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.
He was born on 21 December 1788 in Northwood, New Hampshire. During his adolescence he practiced cabinet making and at the same time prepared himself for college. He graduated from Brown University in 1812, and was licensed as a Congregational minister in 1813.
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)
- 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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- Blake, John Lauris (1837-01-01). The parlor book: or, Family encyclopedia of useful knowledge and general literature ... ornamented with fine colored engravings. J. L. Piper.