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Du Ponceau, Pierre (Peter) Etienne (Stephen) (1760-1844).

historian, philologist, lawyer. Born in France, Du Ponceau came to America as Baron Steuben's secretary and served him as aide-de-camp, with the rank of captain. Forced to leave because of illness, he became an American citizen in 1781, was admitted to the bar in 1785, and became an authority on international law. He was elected president of the American Philosophical Society in 1828. In addition to writing on law and philology--including treatises on the Chinese system of writing and on the grammar of some of the Indian tribes--he wrote A Discourse on the Necessity and the Means of Making Our National Literature Independent of That of Great Britain (1834).

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Publication:Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia of American Literature
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Date:Jan 1, 1991
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