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Theodore Dwight

Birthdate: (70)
Birthplace: Hartford, CT, USA
Death: October 16, 1866 (70)
Brooklyn, NY, USA (a fall from a train)
Immediate Family:

Son of Hon. Theodore Dwight, M.C. and Abigail Alsop
Husband of Eleanor Dwight
Father of Ellen Boyd Kennedy
Brother of Mary Alsop Dwight; Theodore [1st] Dwight and William Richard Dwight

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About Theodore [2nd] Dwight, writer

Theodore Dwight (1796–1866), was an American author.


Theodore Dwight was born March 3, 1796 in Hartford, Connecticut. His father was Theodore Dwight (1764–1846) of the New England Dwight family. His mother was Abigail Alsop (1765–1846), the sister of Richard Alsop (1761–1815). He graduated from Yale College in 1814. He compiling the travelogues of his uncle, Timothy Dwight IV, previously president of Yale, which he brought to publication in 1821. In 1825 he published the second tourist guidebook in the United States, The Northern Traveller, which he would update with regular editions until 1841. A commentator on American society, he wrote a number of works on child rearing, school reform, and in the 1850s and 1860s passionately advocated for the cause of Garibaldi and the unification of Italy.

He married Eleanor Boyd on April 24, 1827. Their children were:

1.Maria Bayard Dwight was born February 17, 1828 and died February 11, 1852.

2.Ellen Boyd Dwight was born Septembet 16, 1830, and married Captain Charles C. H. Kennedy, who served in the Confederate Navy during the American Civil War.

3.Theodore Dwight III was born March 4, 1833 but died December 18, 1852.

4.Mary Alsop Dwight was born March 17, 1836.

5.Anna Maria Dwight was born November 18, 1837, and ran a girls' school with sister Mary.

6.Augusta Moore Dwight was born November 18, 1840, married Sherwood Bissel Ferris.

7.Rebecca Jaffray Dwight was born March 1, 1842, married Fenton Rockwell, and had one child Benjamin Fenton Rockwell on December 17, 1868.

He died on October 16, 1866 in Brooklyn, New York from injuries in a train accident while traveling to Newark, New Jersey. After accompanying his daughter and two grandchildren, he had jumped off the train as it left the station.


Tour in Italy (1821)

The Northern Traveler (1825; sixth edition, 1841)

First Lessons in Modern Greek (1833)

The Roman Republic of 1849 (1851)

History of Connecticut (1841)

The Kansas War: or, the Exploits of Chivalry in the Nineteenth Century (1859)

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Theodore [2nd] Dwight, writer's Timeline

March 3, 1796
Hartford, CT, USA
September 16, 1830
Age 34
October 16, 1866
Age 70
Brooklyn, NY, USA