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David Ramsay

(1749—1815) historian and politician in the United States of America


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(1749–1815), South Carolina physician, historian, and political figure, is most famous for his History of the Revolution of South Carolina (2 vols., 1785) and the complementary History of South Carolina from Its First Settlement in 1670, to …1808 (2 vols., 1809). The first part of the work is known to be partly plagiarized from the Annual Register, while the second occasionally borrows from the work of Alexander Hewat. Ramsay's posthumously published works are Universal History Americanized (12 vols., 1819), the last four volumes dealing with America, and History of the United States (3 vols., 1816–17), completed by Samuel Stanhope Smith.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

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