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DENNETT, John Richard, journalist, born in Chatham, New Brunswick, in 1837; died in Westborough, Massachusetts, 26 November 1874. His family removed to Woburn, Massachusetts, while he was a child, and he was fitted for College in the Woburn high school, and graduated at Harvard in 1862. While in College he was editor of the "Harvard Magazine." James Russell Lowell especially noticed his class day poem, far superior to most such performances, for its rare poetic qualities. After graduation he went to Beaufort, South Carolina, to superintend a plantation, and remained there until after the civil war, when he traveled extensively through the southern states to study their political position and prospects. He contributed a series of interesting letters to the New York "Nation" upon this subject, and on returning from his tour he became one of its editors. Besides writing frequently for the "Nation," Mr. Dennett was assistant professor of rhetoric at Harvard, and discharged the duties of that office with credit until compelled to resign on account of failing health.
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