Solon Robinson


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(1803–80), born in Connecticut, emigrated to northern Indiana (1834), where he became a leader in politics, journalism, and trade, and wrote about the frontier society. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Department of Agriculture (1862), and his books, written in New York and Florida, present a vivid picture of rural and pioneer life. They include The Will: A Tale of the Lake of the Red Cedars and Shabbona (1841), Hot Corn: Life Scenes in New York Illustrated (1854), and Me-Won-I-Toc, A Tale of Frontier Life and Indian Character (1867).

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

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