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Joseph Dennie (1768–1812)

Dennie, Joseph. An American journalist; born in Boston, Aug. 30, 1768; died in Philadelphia, Jan. 7, 1812. Published ‘The Farrago’ (1795), essays on life and literature. From 1796 to 1798 edited with great success the Farmer’s Weekly Museum at Walpole, NH. In this appeared his essays signed “The Lay Preacher,” whose droll and easy style made him popular. In Philadelphia (1801), assisted by Asbury Dickens, he founded the Portfolio, which he edited till his death under the pen-name of “Oliver Old School.” Two collections of his writings have been published: ‘The Lay Preacher, or Short Sermons for Idle Readers’ (1796); and ‘The Lay Preacher’ (1817).