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date: 19 January 2020

Prime, Benjamin Youngslocked

(09 December 1733–31 October 1791)
  • David S. Shields


Prime, Benjamin Youngs (09 December 1733–31 October 1791), physician and poet, was born in Huntington, Long Island, New York, the son of the Reverend Ebenezer Prime, a Congregationalist minister, and Experience Youngs. Later in life he removed the s from his middle name. Benjamin enrolled in July 1748 in the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University), the newly chartered bastion of reformed Christianity, where he received his bachelor’s degree with the fourth graduating class in 1751. After graduation he studied medicine. In 1756 he returned to the college as a tutor until his versified compliments to poet Annis Boudinot (...

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