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ROCKWELL, James Otis, poet, born in Lebanon, Connecticut, 3 November, 1808; died in Providence, Rhode Island, 7 June, 1831. His family removed to Manlius, New York, when he was about fourteen years old. He was apprenticed to a printer in Utica, and soon began to write poems that gained for him more than a local reputation. Going to Boston at the age of eighteen, he worked at his trade, and subsequently obtained editorial employment in the office of the "Statesman." In the autumn of 1829 he became editor of the Providence " Patriot." Some of his poetry is preserved in Rufus W. Griswold's " Poets and Poetry of America" (Philadelphia, 1842), and in Charles W. Everest's " Poets of Connecticut" (Hartford, 1843).
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