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Memoirs of a Life Chiefly Passed in Pennsylvania Within the Last Sixty Years

Alexander Graydon
  • Copyright: 1822
  • Dimensions: 6 x 9
  • Page Count: 440 pages
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-271-02760-9
  • A Metalmark Book

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Depicting his life from his childhood in Pennsylvania to his time as a public official, including his experiences recruiting and training his own troops for the Revolutionary War, Graydon's memoirs provide a unique and personal view of the American Colonial period. First published in 1811, his memoirs were not initially popular, probably because of their inflammatory remarks about public figures ranging from Albert Gallatin to Thomas Jefferson and his followers. Memoirs of a Life Chiefly Passed in Pennsylvania shows Graydon's disdain for those he saw as seduced by power and money and leaves the reader with a critical view of some of the most popular figures of his time.

View a digital version of this book online at the Penn State University Libraries website.

Alexander Graydon was a general in the Continental army. After his captivity and release by the British army, he spent most of his time in Pennsylvania, where he became a lawyer and served as a public official. Written in 1811, his memoirs were republished in 1822, 1828, and again in 1846

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