Hillhouse, James Abraham, 1789-1841

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James Abraham Hillhouse (September 26, 1789 - January 4, 1841) was born in New Haven, Connecticut, the eldest child of James and Rebecca (Woolsey) Hillhouse. Hillhouse entered Yale at the age of 13, withdrew before the end of his freshman year, but eventually received an A.B. degree with the class of 1808. When his business plans were interrupted by the War of 1812, he relocated to New Haven from Boston, where he had resided for three years after his graduation. In 1819 he visited England, where he first published Percy's Masque (1819), a drama based on Bishop Percy's ballad, "The Hermit of Warkworth." Returning to the U.S. in 1820, Hillhouse engaged in business as a hardware merchant in New York City. In 1822 he married Cornelia Lawrence, the eldest daughter of New York merchant Isaac Lawrence, and the following year returned to New Haven, where he spent the remainder of his life in study and literary pursuits. In 1824, he wrote Hadad (1825), a drama based upon the Biblical narrative of Absalom's rebellion. Most of his writings are contained in the volume Dramas, Discourses, and Other Pieces (1839).

Summary information taken from "James Abraham Hillhouse." Dictionary of American Biography . New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1936. Gale Biography in Context (accessed 27 January 2011).

From the guide to the James Abraham Hillhouse papers, 1804-1844, (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

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referencedIn Rogers, Samuel, 1763-1855. Letters, 1838 April 3 and [1840, n.d.], London, to George Ticknor, Hanover Square. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Hillhouse family. Hillhouse family papers, 1707-1943 (inclusive), 1771-1938 (bulk). Yale University Library
creatorOf James Abraham Hillhouse papers, 1804-1844 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Hillhouse, James Abraham, 1789-1841. Letters, 1825 January 20-1826 April 6, New York, to George Ticknor, Boston. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Hillhouse, James Abraham, 1789-1841. Letter to Augustus E. Silliman. New Haven, CT 1840 Oct. 1. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Houghton Library printed book provenance file, E-K. Houghton Library
creatorOf Hillhouse, James Abraham, 1789-1841. Letter, 1821 May 1, New York, to George Ticknor [Boston]. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Hillhouse, James Abraham, 1789-1841. James Abraham Hillhouse papers, 1807-1839. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Temple, Nelson, Lloyd, Vassall, and Borland family papers, 1611-1862 (inclusive), 1700-1831 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Autograph File, H, 1584-1988. Houghton Library
referencedIn Hillhouse family papers, 1707-1943 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Richard Henry Dana Sr. and Jr. Collection, 1840-1881 University of Virginia. Library. Special Collections Dept.
referencedIn Baillie, Joanna, 1762-1851. Letter, 1840 January 16, Hampstead, to "My dear Sir" [i.e. G. Ticknor, n.p.]. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Dana Family. Papers of the Dana family [manuscript], 1840-1881. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Talfourd, Thomas Noon, Sir, 1795-1854. Letter, 1840 February 1, London, to George Ticknor, Boston. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Palfrey Family of New England. Palfrey family papers. 1713-1915. Houghton Library
referencedIn Frederick Swartwout Cozzens Collection, 1851-1868 University of Virginia. Library. Special Collections Dept.
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associatedWith Baillie, Joanna, 1762-1851. person
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associatedWith Day, Jeremiah, 1773-1867 person
associatedWith Dwight, Timothy, 1752-1817 person
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associatedWith Lega, James. person
correspondedWith Palfrey family. family
associatedWith Prescott, Cynthia (Parrish) person
associatedWith Rogers, Samuel, 1763-1855. person
associatedWith Silliman, Augustus E., person
associatedWith Talfourd, Thomas Noon, Sir, 1795-1854. person
associatedWith Ticknor, Anna, 1800-1885. person
associatedWith Ticknor, George, 1791-1871. person
associatedWith Yale College, 1718-1887 corporateBody
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Authors, American--19th century--Archives
Authors, American--20th century--Archives
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Death 1841

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