Pierpont's Second Reader The Young Reader

Pierpont's Second Reader/ The Young Reader

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The Young Reader is an early 19th Century second reader and was intended to be a companion to the publisher’s Spelling Book. The lessons contain traditional fables and poems. The author has also taken the liberty of creating some new versions. There are a number of black and white illustrations and it is 162 pages long. It is the twentieth edition which was published in 1835, with the front cover is missing.
Author John Pierpont (1785-1866) was a poet, educator, and Unitarian minister. He graduated from Yale College in 1804. Pierpont was instrumental in establishing Boston's English Classical School in 1821 and gained national recognition as an educator. He published two of the better-known early school readers in the United States:The American First Class Book (1823) and The National Reader (1827).
He also wrote The Little Learner, which is advertised on The Young Reader’s back cover. He actively supported the abolitionist and temperance movements. He unsuccessfully ran for Governor and U.S. Representative from Massachusetts. John Pierpont was the maternal grandfather of financier J. Pierpont Morgan.
The Young Reader was published by George F. Cooledge of New York City, New York.
Object Name
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Pierpont, John
place made
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
overall: 6 in x 3 3/4 in x 1/2 in; 15.24 cm x 9.525 cm x 1.27 cm
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The Dr. Richard Lodish American School Collection
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National Museum of American History
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