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Evans, Nathaniel (08 June 1742–29 October 1767), poet and Church of England missionary, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Edward Evans, a merchant, and his wife, whose name is unknown. Intended by his parents for a career as a merchant, Evans entered the new Academy of Philadelphia soon after its opening in 1751. There he came under the influence of its energetic and visionary provost, the Reverend ...

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Odell, Jonathan (25 September 1737–25 November 1818), Anglican clergyman, Loyalist, and poet, was born in Newark, New Jersey, the son of John Odell, a skilled carpenter, and Temperance Dickinson, the daughter of President Jonathan Dickinson of the College of New Jersey (later Princeton University). Odell’s father provided in his will for a college education for his son. After graduating from the College of New Jersey in 1754, Odell conducted the college’s grammar school, receiving in payment two-thirds of the school’s proceeds. In 1756 he studied medicine and then joined a regiment of the British army, serving in the West Indies as an army surgeon. He received his A.M. from the College of New Jersey in 1757. During this period he decided to seek ordination as an Anglican clergyman, in spite of his family’s historic ties to the Congregationalist church. While in England studying for the ministry, he taught at James Elphinston’s Academy in Kensington and published his first poems. He met ...

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Sterling, James (1701–10 November 1763), Anglican minister and poet, was born in Downrass, King’s County, Ireland, the son of James Sterling, a captain in the British army, and Patience Hansard. He graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, in 1720. His poetic drama, The Rival Generals...