Noah Webster

Posted: 10/16/2008 by that's Elbert in education, language, quotes
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A recent email edition of A.Word.A.Day (website), Anu Garg began with these words:

Today when we spell the word “color” instead of “colour” we can thank a crotchety, humorless man for saving wear on our fingers, not to mention savings on paper and those obscenely expensive inkjet printer cartridges.

The man he writes about is Noah Webster. October 16, 2008 marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Noah Webster. Webster is best known for his authoring of the first American dictionary. He wrote many other textbooks including a speller, even authoring his own version of the Bible.

There are a number of quotes attributed to Noah Webster scattered over the Internet, including the following:

In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government, ought to be instructed…. No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people….

The ecclesiastical establishments of Europe which serve to support tyrannical governments are not the Christian religion but abuses and corruptions of it.

No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.

A restoration of the birthplace of Noah Webster in West Hartford, Connecticut was conducted in the 1960s. The website for The Noah Webster House is here.

In my opinion there is a very good article on Wikipedia about Webster.

The 1822 version of The American Spelling Book is located here. A searchable version of Webster’s 1822 edition dictionary is here. Webster’s Bible is at this link.

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