Richard Alsop

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Richard Alsop
Born January 23, 1761
Died August 20, 1815

Richard Alsop (1761–1815) was an American author from the Alsop family of Middletown, Connecticut.

Richard Alsop was born January 23, 1761. His father (1727–1776) and son were also named Richard Alsop, which has led to confusion in historical sources. His mother was Abigail Sackett.[1] He was a member of the literary group called the Hartford Wits, and contributed verse to the Political Greenhouse and the Echo.[2]

This Richard Alsop was not a merchant, as is sometimes stated. Although he translated a work on Chile (largely from an Italian edition), he never traveled to South America or anywhere else abroad. (The Richard Alsop who made a fortune trading in Peru and Chile in the 1820s was his son.)

His sister Abigail Alsop married Theodore Dwight (1764-1846). He married Mary Wyllis and died on August 20, 1815 in Long Island, New York.[1]


  1. ^ a b Benjamin Woodbridge Dwight (1874). The history of the descendants of John Dwight, of Dedham, Mass. 1. J. F. Trow & son, printers and bookbinders. p. 231.
  2. ^ "Alsop, Richard". American National Biography. Oxford University Press. (subscription required)

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