Elihu Burritt


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(1810–79), was called “the learned blacksmith” because in New Britain, Conn., and Worcester, Mass., he forged metals and Greek verbs with equal ease. Influenced by William Ladd, he conducted a weekly paper, The Christian Citizen (1844–51), which became an important organ of pacifism, and he traveled through the U.S. and England to advocate this cause. Besides his Lectures and Speeches (1866), he wrote many essays and travel accounts, reminiscent of Cobbett. The erudition of this self-educated blacksmith is also indicated by his translation of Longfellow's poems into Sanskrit.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

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