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Noah Webster
By Phyllis Naegeli

1     Have you ever thought what life would be like without a dictionary? What if everyone spelled words the way they wanted, instead of spelling words the same way? There would be many misunderstandings. There would probably be arguments. Clear communication is very important to an orderly society. Noah Webster felt this way when he wrote An American Dictionary of the English Language.
2     Noah Webster was born in West Hartford, Connecticut, on October 16, 1758. He lived during the colonial period of America's history. The war for independence was fought, a new nation was born, and George Washington served as our first president during his lifetime.
3     When he was sixteen, Noah Webster left home to attend Yale University. He attended the school from 1774 to 1778. When he graduated, he wanted to study law, but his family did not have the money for him to continue his education. So Noah went to work teaching school. Eventually, Noah was able to study law. At one point, he was teaching in Hartford. There, he lived with a judge who had a tremendous library. Noah studied many hours and became a lawyer. But the work he loved most was teaching.

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