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Samuel Woodworth

An American author, literary journalist, opera librettist, playwright, and poet, he’s particularly known for his poem, “The Older Oaken Bucket,” that was arranged to music by George F. Kiallmark. His additional poetic works are the Hunters of Kentucky, The Heroes from the Lake, and An Excursion from the Dog-Cart. Early in his profession, he worked well as an apprentice to Benjamin Russell, the editor from the Columbian Sentinel. The USS Woodworth naval dispatch was called in his honor. He wedded Lydia Reeder in 1810; they consequently had ten kids. He and Armstrong Sperry both resided in New Haven, Connecticut.

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