Joel Barlow (1754-1812)

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Joel Barlow (March 24, 1754 - December 26, 1812) was a diplomat who served as American Consul to Algiers, where he negotiated the Tripoli Treaty (1796); and American Plenipotentiary to France, where he negotiated a commercial treaty with Napoleon. He published several books, including Hasty Pudding (1793), the Conspiracy of Kings (1792), and the patriotic epic poem The Columbiad (1807). From 1805 to 1811, he lived in Washington, DC in an estate he named Kalorama (now the site of both the Embassy of Myanmar and the Myers House on S Street NW). The mansion stood long enough to serve as a Civil War hospital, and was razed in 1888, but the surrounding neighborhood retains the name (and the "beautiful view" which inspired it). As a young man, he established a weekly paper called The American Mercury, and was a member of a group of young writers known as the “Hartford Wits.” Barlow also wrote for the Anarchiadad, a series of satirico-political papers.

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written by Word Works intern Monica Root, September 2013, heavily edited by Kim Roberts, December 2013

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