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Alsop, Richard (23 January 1761–20 August 1815), poet and businessman, was born in Middletown, Connecticut, the son of Richard Alsop, Sr., a merchant, and Mary Wright Alsop. When Alsop was fifteen, his father died, leaving his wife, Mary, a strict Episcopalian, in comfortable circumstances but with eight children. Alsop was a precocious reader and enjoyed impersonating heroes of Homer's ...

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Green, Joseph (1706–11 December 1780), poet and merchant, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Nathaniel Green and Elizabeth (maiden name unknown). Information about his parents’ employment could not be obtained. He was educated at the South Grammar School and entered Harvard College in 1722, graduating in 1726. Few details of his life have been preserved, but it is known that he was part of the prosperous Boston merchant class and was said to own the largest private library in New England. He was also a pew-holder in the First Church of Boston, a man of Loyalist political sympathies, and a noted wit. He married Elizabeth (maiden name unknown) after 1742, but there is no evidence of their having any children....

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Steendam, Jacob (1616–1672), merchant and poet, is believed to have been born in Enkhuizen, Holland, though his parentage is unknown. Much about his life is obscure. He grew up in Amsterdam and was a member of the Dutch Reformed church. In 1638 he was a member of the Segbloem, an institute of rhetoric, at Zegwaard, and much of his poetry reveals the influence of rhetorical training....

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Steere, Richard (1643–20 June 1721), colonial merchant and religious poet, was born in Chertsey, England, the son of Richard Steere, a leather worker, and Annis Springall. Educated in Latin and literature at the Free Grammar School at Kingston-upon-Thames, he was apprenticed in 1658 as a cordwainer in the city of London. Granted the freedom of the Company of Cordwainers in 1666, he seems to have engaged in foreign trade with Barbados and the Americas as early as this period. In London, Steere became a member of the General Baptists, a group persecuted after the Restoration....