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Rich, Obadiah (1783–20 January 1850), diplomat and book dealer, was born in Truro, Massachusetts, the son of Obadiah Rich, a ship captain, and Salome Lombard. About 1789 his family moved to the Boston area, where Rich resided until 1816. Although the details of Rich’s schooling are not known, an acquaintance described him as “a gentleman by birth and education” and “really learned” (Henry Harrisse, ...

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Warden, David Bailie (1772–09 October 1845), diplomat and scholar, was born in Ballycastle, County Down, Ireland, the son of Robert Warden (occupation unknown) and Elizabeth Bailie. He was educated for the Presbyterian ministry and also took some medical training, receiving a certificate in midwifery. He received his master of arts from the University of Glasgow in 1797. He became involved with the United Irishmen through his friendship with Theobald Wolfe Tone and was arrested in 1798. In lieu of trial, Warden was offered banishment from Ireland. He emigrated to the United States in 1799. Instead of pursuing a life as a clergyman, Warden, who had a broad interest in mathematics, science, and literature, went into teaching. He became the principal of the Columbia Academy in Kinderhook, New York, and later, in 1801, became the head tutor in nearby Kingston Academy....