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John Trumbull (1750–1831)

Trumbull, John. An American poet and lawyer, famous in his day as a satirist; born in Westbury, CT, April 24, 1750; died at Detroit, MI, May 10, 1831. He wrote with Timothy Dwight a series of essays in the Spectator style, which first drew attention to his ability. In ‘Progress of Dulness’ (1772–73) he satirized contemporary methods of education; but he won his greatest fame with ‘McFingal’ (1775–82), a satire on the loyalists of the Revolution time, written in Hudibrastic verse. Later he was associated with Joel Barlow and others in the production of ‘The Anarchiad’ (1786–87). His ‘Poetical Works’ were published at Hartford, CT, in 1820.