"Forgotten" Founding Father: Constitution Day

September 09, 2011

ForgottenNoah Webster: The Forgotten Founding Father with biographer Joshua Kendall. Thursday, September 15, 2011, 7 p.m., University Campus

The Saint Leo University Speaker Series opens for the 2011-12 year with a special guest to help us observe Constitution Day.

Biographer Josh Kendall will shed new light on a historical figure we know for helping us with spelling and word definitions, but not for his part in the founding of the republic. Noah Webster is widely recognized today for establishing a standard American dictionary, but during his lifetime (1758-1843) he was also a vigorous advocate of independence from England. Webster supported the abolition of slavery and educational opportunities for women, as well. Writer Joshua Kendall brings this complex, influential figure to life in a new biography of Webster titled The Forgotten Founding Father, a work described as “lively and insightful” by The New York Times Book Review.

Joshua Kendall’s visit was arranged for September in honor of Constitution Day. On that day in history––September 17, 1787––delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the groundbreaking document that established the role and duties of the federal government. Saint Leo University observes Constitution Day each year with special educational programming.

This talk will be held in the Greenfelder-Denlinger Boardrooms in the Student Community Center. Admission to the program is free and open to the public.