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Webster, Noah (16 October 1758–28 May 1843), lexicographer, was born in West Hartford, Connecticut, the son of Noah Webster and Mary Steele. The Websters could trace their roots to the earliest settlers of Connecticut; the family had not, however, significantly improved its fortunes over the years. Webster’s father, though a man of some importance in the village, possessed a modest ninety-acre farm. He had enough substance to send Noah to Yale, however. After graduating in 1778, Webster studied law as an apprentice under ...