Noah Webster Biography

Academic, Journalist (1758–1843)
Noah Webster documented American spelling and grammar in his two major publications, the American Spelling Book and the American Dictionary of the English Language.


Noah Webster was born on October 16, 1758, in West Hartford, Connecticut. He graduated from Yale University in 1778. He studied law and taught in New York where he recognized a need for American English textbooks. Passionate about grammar, spelling and usage, he went on to publish the famous “Blue-Backed Speller” and later An American Dictionary of the English Language. He died on May 28, 1843.

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