Odell, Jonathan, 1737-1818

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American poet, loyalist.

From the description of Papers of Jonathan Odell [manuscript], 1768, 1776, n.d. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647813273

From the description of Collection, 1768-1776, and undated. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 122529898

Jonathan Odell, a clergyman, was born in Newark, New Jersey, and died in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.

He was the son of John Odell and Temperance, a daughter of Rev. Jonathan Dickinson, first president of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University). Odell graduated from the College of New Jersey in 1754, and received an A.M. degree also from there in 1757. For three years Odell taught at the Nassau Hall Grammar School. He was trained in medicine but entered the Church of England ministry. He served as parish priest at Burlington, N.J., and at Mount Holly, N.J. With the outbreak of the American Revolution, Odell became a strong Loyalist to the British Crown. He wrote poetry that was sung by British prisoners. His case came up before the New Jersey Provincial Congress, and, on July 20, 1776, he was ordered to sign an oath not to aid the British, was placed on parole, and was ordered to keep within a radius of eight miles from the Burlington County courthouse. He remained there till December, but then fled to New York. There he worked for the Loyalist cause as an administrator and satiric poet-propagandist. In 1784 Odell emigrated to New Brunswick, having been appointed provincial secretary as a reward for his loyalty to the Crown.

From the description of Jonathan Odell collection, 1750-1780. (Peking University Library). WorldCat record id: 76954648

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referencedIn Bailey, Alfred Goldsworthy. [U.N.B.] : [1958-1959]. University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Harriet Irving Library
referencedIn Loyalist rhapsodies : notebook, 1775-1786. Library of Congress
referencedIn American Philosophical Society Library. Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection. 1668-1983. American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Autograph File, O, 1706-1966. Houghton Library
referencedIn Jonathan Williams Papers, 1763-1802 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Odell, Jonathan, 1737-1818. Collection, 1768-1776, and undated. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Commonplace book, 1775-1780. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
creatorOf Odell, Jonathan, 1737-1818. Jonathan Odell collection, 1750-1780. Princeton University Library
creatorOf Odell, Jonathan, 1737-1818. Papers of Jonathan Odell [manuscript], 1768, 1776, n.d. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Fisher, Joshua, 1707-1783,. Revolutionary lyrics manuscript, [17--] Houghton Library
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associatedWith Agassiz, Louis, 1807-1873 person
associatedWith Bailey, Alfred Goldsworthy. person
associatedWith Banks, Joseph, Sir, 1743-1820 person
associatedWith Cockings, George, 1802. person
associatedWith Cooper, Thomas, 1759-1839 person
associatedWith Coues, Elliott, 1842-1899 person
associatedWith Cuvier, Georges, Baron, 1769-1832 person
associatedWith Darlington, William, 1782-1863 person
associatedWith Edison, Thomas A., (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931 person
associatedWith Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955 person
associatedWith Everett, Edward, 1794-1865 person
associatedWith Fisher, Joshua, 1707-1783, person
associatedWith Fitch, John person
associatedWith Genth, F. A., (Frederick Augustus), 1820-1893 person
associatedWith Gray, Asa, 1810-1888 person
associatedWith Greeley, Horace, 1811-1872 person
associatedWith Harding, Warren G. person
associatedWith Horace person
associatedWith Newcomb, Simon person
associatedWith New Jersey. Committee of Safety, corporateBody
associatedWith Newton, Isaac, Sir, 1642-1727 person
associatedWith Odell, John. person
associatedWith Poinsett, Joel Roberts, 1779-1851 person
associatedWith Rittenhouse, David, 1732-1796 person
associatedWith Rush, Benjamin, 1746-1813 person
associatedWith Schoolcraft, Henry Rowe, 1793-1864 person
associatedWith Seybert, Adam, 1773-1825 person
associatedWith Sparks, Jared, 1789-1866 person
associatedWith Stevens, Henry person
associatedWith Sully, Thomas, 1783-1872 person
associatedWith Thomson, Charles, 1729-1824 person
associatedWith Waterton, Charles, 1782-1865 person
associatedWith Wayne, Anthony person
associatedWith Williams, Jonathan Sr person
Place Name Admin Code Country
New Jersey
United States
American loyalists
Political poetry, American
Verse satire, American


Birth 1737-09-25

Death 1818-11-25


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