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Joel Barlow

Joel BarlowBorn: 25-Mar-1754
Birthplace: Redding, CT
Died: 24-Dec-1812
Location of death: Zarnowiec, Pomorskie, Poland
Cause of death: Pneumonia
Remains: Buried, Zarnowiec, Pomorskie, Poland

Gender: Male
Religion: Congregationalist
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Poet, Author, Diplomat

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: The Hasty Pudding

Military service: Revolutionary Army (Chaplain)

One of the Hartford Wits, became a merchant and also a diplomat for the early U.S. republic. He was counsel to Algiers, and involved in negotiation with Barbary pirates and brought back the Treaty of Tripoli in 1797. Barlow died from exposure during Napoleon's retreat from Russia, while on another mission of U.S. diplomacy.

More famous than Barlow himself is Harvard's Hasty Pudding Club, a formerly-secret society formed in 1795 whose reputation seems to stem from a drag revue held annually since 1844. A man and woman of the year are named, and they participate in the single-performance revue to receive a faux-gold pot to hold their pudding. Hasty pudding is a broth soup with dissolved cornmeal in it.

Father: Samuel Barlow (d. 20-Dec -1773)
Mother: Esther Hull Barlow (b. 1721, d. 22-Aug-1775)
Brother: Daniel (half brother)
Sister: Ruhamah (half sister)
Brother: James (half brother)
Brother: Jabez (half brother)
Brother: Nathaniel
Brother: Aaron
Brother: Samuel
Sister: Huldah
Wife: Ruth Baldwin (m. 26-Dec-1779)

    University: Dartmouth College (entered 1774)
    University: Yale University (1778)

    US Ambassador to France 1811-12

Is the subject of books:
A Yankee's Odyssey: The Life of Joel Barlow, 1958, BY: James Woodress

Author of books:
Vision of Columbus (1787, poetry)
Advice to the Privileged Orders (1792, essay)
The Hasty Pudding (1793, poetry)
The Columbiad (1807, poetry, revised from Vision of Columbus)


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