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PRENTISS, Charles, editor, born in Reading, Massachusetts, 8 October, 1774; died in Brimfield, Massachusetts, 20 October, 1820. His father, Caleb, was pastor of a church in Reading. The son was graduated at Harvard in 1795, and in that year became editor of the " Rural Repository," a short-lived weekly journal, at Leominster, Massachusetts Subsequently he edited "The Political Focus," which was afterward called the "Washington Federalist," in Georgetown, D. C., the " Anti-Democrat," and a literary paper called " The Child of Pallas" in Baltimore. In 1804 he visited England, in 1809 he published "The Thistle," a theatrical paper of brief duration, and after 1810 he reported the congressional proceedings in Washington, where he edited " The Independent American." He was the author of "A Collection of Fugitive Essays in Prose and Verse " (Leominster, 1797)" "Life of Robert Treat Paine" (Boston, 1812); "Life of General Will, am Eaton," printed anonymously (Brookfield, 1813) ; "Poems" (1813); a " History of the United States"; and the "Trial of Calvin and Hopkins" (1819).
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