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Solomon Spaulding (1761–1816)

Spaulding, Solomon. An American clergyman and writer; born in Ashford, CT, in 1761; died in Amity, PA, Oct. 20, 1816. He was a Revolutionary soldier, a Congregational minister, and afterwards a manufacturer of iron. While living at Conneaut, PA (1811–12), he wrote a romance, ‘The Manuscript Found,’ published in 1812, purporting to have been discovered in an ancient mound. This work was said to have furnished the basis for the ‘Book of Mormon’; in denial of which the original manuscript of Spaulding’s romance was republished by the Mormons in 1885.