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KETTELL, Samuel, editor, born in Newburyport, Massachusetts, 5 August, 1800; died in Malden, Massachusetts, 3 December, 1855. Early in life he assisted Samuel G. Goodrich in the preparation of part of his Peter Parley books, one of which he translated into modern Greek for amusement while on a voyage to Malta, and it was published in that language. He became an accomplished linguist, although self-taught, and mastered fourteen different languages. His humorous contributions to the Boston " Courier," under the pen-names of" Peeping Tom" and "Timothy Titterwell," attracted notice, and in 1848 he "became principal editor of that paper, holding' the place till his death. He was a member of the Massachusetts legislature in 1851-'3, where, as a member of the committee on education, he wrote an elaborate minority report against the proposed introduction of the study of "pho-notypy " into the public schools, and secured the rejection of the plan. His principal work is "Specimens of American Poetry, with Critical and Biographical Notices," and an historical introduction (3 vols., Boston, 1829): besides which he published "Personal Narrative of the First Voyage of Columbus" (1827), and " Records of the Spanish Inquisition" (1828).
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